We caught wind of two separate actions the US has taken against Cyber Threats from Russia over the weekend:
The first is news that the US Federal Communications Commission has added Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab to its list of entities that pose an “unacceptable risk to US national security,” according to a report from Bloomberg. This company has been banned from use by government agencies since 2017 when a bill was signed due to the companies ties to the Kremlin.
The second article was a press release from the FBI stating that:
“The Department of Justice unsealed two indictments today charging four defendants, all Russian nationals who worked for the Russian government, with attempting, supporting and conducting computer intrusions that together, in two separate conspiracies, targeted the global energy sector between 2012 and 2018. In total, these hacking campaigns targeted thousands of computers, at hundreds of companies and organizations, in approximately 135 countries.”
This hacking activity should be another wake-up call to American businesses to harden their defenses and remain vigilant against cyber security threats. These people are nationally sponsored criminals and we must protect ourselves.
If your company is currently using Kaspersky or any other Russian based vendors, then it is time to carefully consider whether to continue being connected with them and contact us for assistance migrating to a trusted source.