CISA has been warning of increased Russian threats for some time now. The one-year anniversary of the war and the generally poor performance of the Russian military have already generated concern that Russia will increasingly target US assets with cyber attacks. There has been a significant ramp-up in Ransomware attacks, mostly from Russian gangs operating with the tacit approval of the government.
The attack on the US Reaper drone moves things up another notch. Instability in the banking industry opens up another “opportunity.” There are vulnerabilities in our financial system, as noted by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Unleashing such an attack at a time when banks are already stressed would maximize the impact.
Let’s not forget how promptly Russia responded to Trump’s request to “help find” Hillary Clinton’s “missing emails”. Looming Trump indictments offer another opportunity for the GRU’s units to cause some pain. Zero-Day attacks are a specialty of Russia's "Fancy Bear" operation. As always, Russian will do what they can to help out their sympathizers in competing countries. It is likely that they have a number of candidate attacks ready to release under the right circumstances.
I’m not so concerned about an angry MAGA crowd blocking the entrances to Dollar General. I am concerned about what determined foreign adversaries can do given the right circumstances.
Keep the shields up. Cheers.