Russian ransomware group Conti has warned that it will deploy its "full capacity to deliver retaliatory measures" if the US and its Western allies use cyberwarfare as a measure against Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The threat applies if there's an "attempt to target critical infrastructure in Russia or any Russian speaking region of the world," Conti said in a blog post, as reported earlier Friday by Reuters.
Conti added it isn't allied with the Russian government and condemns the ongoing war, but that it "will use our resources in order to strike back if the well being and safety of peaceful citizens will be at stake due to American cyber aggression."
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The statement follows the Ukrainian government on Thursday asking for volunteers from the hacking community to help protect its critical infrastructure and spy on Russian troops, according to Reuters. This came after multiple Ukrainian government websites and banks went down as they were hit by a cyberattack on Wednesday.
On Feb. 18, US officials attributed cyberattacks against Ukraine's banks and military earlier this month to Russia. Those attacks were the latest in a series of digital incursions that have been blamed on Russia.
The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency had sent out an advisory in September of 2021 about Conti ransomware. CISA and the FBI both said they'd seen more than 400 attacks against US organizations and international companies using Conti ransomware.
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