The trip to Brussels and Warsaw by Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technologies, comes after still-unidentified hackers have targeted multiple key agencies government of Ukraine in January, and as US officials try to predict any potential change in Russian attack threats against the US. net.
Neuberger will meet with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and European Union officials to discuss “ways to strengthen national and Union resilience in cyberspace,” the official said. , “including preventing, disrupting, and responding to further Russian aggression against Ukraine, neighboring states, and our respective countries.”
Neuberger also has scheduled meetings with Baltic, French, German and Polish officials in an effort to ensure US allies are ready to respond to any cyberattack, the official said. .
Neuberger’s visit underscores how US officials see cyberspace as a potential front in any further Russian incursions into Ukraine, a country with more than 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border. Ukrainian officials have told CNN they expect hacking to play a role in any new military strikes.
President Joe Biden said the US could respond with cyber operations if Russia carried out more cyberattacks in Ukraine.
A few days earlier, a number of cyberattacks had targeted several Ukrainian government agencies, in some cases posting threatening messages to Ukrainians, and in other cases, data was removed from government computer systems.
Some Ukrainian officials have suggested that Russia may have been involved in the hack, but investigators are still analyzing forensic data and have not officially blamed the incident.