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The Russian government on Thursday warned of cyber attacks aimed at domestic critical infrastructure operators, as the country’s full-blown invasion of Ukraine enters the second day.

In addition to cautioning of the “threat of an increase in the intensity of computer attacks,” Russia’s National Computer Incident Response and Coordination Center said that the “attacks can be aimed at disrupting the functioning of important information resources and services, causing reputational damage, including for political purposes.”

“Any failure in the operation of [critical information infrastructure] objects due to a reason that is not reliably established, first of all, should be considered as the result of a computer attack,” the agency added.

Furthermore, it notified of possible influence operations undertaken to “form a negative image of the Russian Federation in the eyes of the world community,” echoing a similar alert released by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) last week about information manipulation efforts from foreign actors to strike critical entities.

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