Putin’s warning: UK tops Russia’s list to attack with targeted water and electricity supplies | Science | News

Since Putin ordered Russian troops to invade Ukraine last month, Western powers have announced various sanctions lists against the Russian president and his connections. The UK, in particular, announced sanctions against more than 1,000 Russian entities and even pledged to completely phase out Russian gas by the end of the year. These punitive actions have sparked growing fears that Putin is retaliating against the UK by launching a series of hostile malware and cyberattacks.

However, an expert has warned that as well as directly targeting major UK banks and businesses, Putin could try to wreak havoc and disrupt water and electricity supplies.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he issued a dire warning, saying: ‘The aim of these attacks is to cause disruption, confusion, fear and chaos.

“So you need to immediately think about which services would cause disruption, confusion, fear and chaos in the population.

“So of course the first ones to be very aware of are critical infrastructure.

“It’s about the supply of electricity, energy, gas, water supply, etc. to our household.”

Mr Lopez believes that targeted attacks on the UK are very likely in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Russia.

He said: “From a UK perspective, we are leading the charge in terms of sanctions, in terms of strong narratives or how we condemn the Russian invasion.

“So that most likely means we’re right at the top of the list when it comes to deploying cyberattacks.”

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Mr Lopez warned that as well as targeting banks and businesses in the UK, Russian hackers could target critical infrastructure such as electricity and household water supplies, likely sparking terror.

He said: “A very successful cyberattack would be one that knocks out electricity for several hours or causes chaos in a number of utilities for hours.

“With hospitals closed, it’s really about thinking about each public service and how it may be disrupted.

“In the best case it can be brought back quickly, in the worst case it can last a very long time and have very serious consequences for the population.”

Mr Lopez believes Russian hackers have been planning an assault on the UK and other Western countries for months and intend to launch targeted strikes.

He said: “Just as this invasion has been planned for months, the Russian state-sponsored cyberattacks will have been planned for the same duration.

“Russia has known exactly how they are going to attack for a very, very long time.

“Now it’s just about increasing the intensity, which could be targeted at one country, or several countries or targeted at the whole world at once.”

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