Russia warned the West on Thursday that cyberattacks on its infrastructure could lead to a direct military confrontation and that attempts to challenge Moscow in the cybersphere would be met with targeted countermeasures.
The warning comes after the website of Russia’s housing ministry was apparently hacked over the weekend, with an internet search of the site yielding a “Honor of Ukraine” sign in Ukrainian.
In a statement, the State Department said Russia’s critical infrastructure and state institutions were hit by cyberattacks, citing US and Ukrainian officials.
“Rest assured, Russia will not leave aggressive actions unanswered,” it said. “All our steps will be measured and targeted in accordance with our legislation and international law.”
The statement from the department’s head of international information security said Washington was “deliberately lowering the threshold for combat deployment” from…