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Russian hackers probing networks of US energy companies, FBI warns

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The FBI has urged US energy companies to “review current network traffic for these IP addresses and conduct follow-up investigations if observed.”

Powerful Timing: News of the private industry notification, first reported by CBS News, comes a day after President Joe Biden and one of his top cyber officials said Russia appeared to be preparing for cyberattacks. against US critical infrastructure. The administration privately briefed companies that appeared to be in Russia’s crosshairs, but did not declassify the intelligence underlying its conclusion.

Strange pings: The FBI said it identified 140 Russian IP addresses that had engaged in “anomalous scanning activity” against the infrastructure of at least 23 American companies.

“While other critical infrastructure sectors in the United States have noticed anomalous scans, the focus appears to be on entities in the energy sector,” the bureau said.

The 140 IP addresses listed in the alert have been observed scanning infrastructure operators’ networks since March 2021, but this activity “has increased since the start of the Russia/Ukraine conflict, leading to a greater possibility of future intrusions”, according to the alert. .