(Reuters) – Russia could use cyberattacks as part of its efforts to destabilize and further invade Ukraine, said a White House cyber official who visited her European counterparts on Wednesday.
Anne Neuberger, US Assistant National Cyber Security Adviser and emerging technologies, EU and NATO officials met in Brussels to discuss the threat of cyberattacks against Ukraine from Russia.
"We have been warning for weeks and months, both publicly and privately" of potential attacks, Neuberger told a virtual
"The Russians have used cyber as a key component in their force planning over the past decade, including earlier in Ukraine," said Neuberger.
Russia has gathered more than 100,000 troops along the border with Ukraine, stimulating fears of war. Although Russia denies planning an invasion, it requires comprehensive security guarantees, including a promise that NATO will never recognize Ukraine.
Neuberger's visit comes after a massive cyberattack that warned Ukrainians to "be afraid and expect the worst" hit government websites in mid-January, making some sites inaccessible and prompting Kiev to launch an investigation.