The Russian cyber army is calling on Russian hacktivists to interfere with the upcoming US elections. Threat researcher @Cyberknow20 posted a translated tweet on the microblogging website, allegedly from the cyber army of Russia, that read, “Any self-respecting Russian hacker group should interfere in the American elections!”
The call for attack follows Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin’s disclosure that Russia interfered in the US elections.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Yevgeny Prigozhin said, “Gentlemen, we have interfered, are interfering, and will interfere. Carefully, precisely, surgically, and in our own way, as we know how to do. Carefully, precisely, surgically and the way we do it, the way we can.”
— CyberKnow (@Cyberknow20) November 7, 2022
Prigozhin is the financial benefactor of a Russian troll farm called the Internet research agency, which creates social media pages to spread their intended messages, according to a report by CBS News.
To this, the White House spokesperson Karine Jean Pierre replied that the White House was not surprised by those comments. “These comments …. do not tell us anything new or surprising. It’s well known and well documented in the public domain that entities associated with Yevgeny Prigozhin have sought to influence elections around the world, including the United States,” Pierre said, Reuters reported.
Along with Prigozhin, aka Putin’s chef, the name he earned for the catering business he runs that served the Russian president, the White House has sanctioned several others for causes related to the Russo-Ukrainian war. The statement released in March by the White House published a list of sanctioned Russian elites and their family members who enabled Putin. Some of them were Nikolai Tokarev, Boris Rotenberg, Sergei Chemezov, and Yevgeniy Prigozhin, his three companies, his wife, son, and daughter, among others.
Recent advisories published by CISA and other unclassified sources reveal that Russian state-sponsored threat actors are targeting organizations in the United States and other Western nations, including COVID-19 research, government bodies, election organizations, defense, energy, and critical infrastructure.