New York City on ‘ultra-high alert’ amid increasing threat of attack from Russia

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Civilians fleeing the war-torn nation of Ukraine while Russian President Vladimir Putin and his military forces continue their conquest over their lands can rest easy tonight: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is on the case, and deeply concerned about the effect the war will have  – on New York City.

The junior senator from New York- who has behaved like a jilted lover ever since her failed presidential campaign for the U.S. presidency of 2020, and a campaign that was laid to rest in August of 2019 –  believes that New York will be Putin’s first cyberattack target; a place she actually cares about.

“Russia’s military attack on Ukraine’s cities and buildings have happened in conjunction with cyberattacks waged on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure – from its banks, to departments of government,” Gillibrand told reporters at NYPD headquarters in Manhattan. “And there’s no guarantee that those attacks will be limited to Ukraine. Following the sanctions that the U.S. and our allies have levied on Russia, there’s an increased risk that Russia will carry out retaliatory cyberattacks, particularly against New York state infrastructure and individuals.”

Recently, Gillibrand met with NYC leaders including Comptroller Brad Lander, New York City Chief Technology Officer Matthew Fraser and NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller for a cybersecurity briefing ahead of the press conference, Fox News reported.

“We see threats pop up periodically, those specifically associated to this heightened sense we’ve seen an uptick, but we’re not aware of any campaign that’s explicitly targeting the city itself,” Fraser told reporters. “We deter a significant number of threats per day … But as it stands right now, there’s no compromise, or there haven’t been any compromises worth noting.”

Miller, who for years has served as a leader in intelligence and counterterrorism, said for his part that the city was “scanned thousands of times a day, millions of times a year, as a city entity.”

“We haven’t had any compromises,” Miller continued, “but it hasn’t been for a lack of trying or a lack of a very well-built response.”

Miller reminded the press that the city has been augmenting their infrastructure for nine years thus far, but tacitly admitted they have never seen such a sophisticated threat so looming.

“The Russian state actor, when tensions rise, increases malicious cyberattacks for both tactical – to disable systems that may be running against them from an adversary – and strategic – to be able to put pressure on other entities, be they allies or people in their interest to disable,” he said. “So, we get that we’re in a heightened threat, and we have been gearing up for that heightened threat to come along from our normal high alert to ultra-high alertAnd that’s where we are.”


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