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Cybersecurity in 2023: Russian escalation, Chinese espionage, Iranian “hacktivism”

January 18, 2023

State-sponsored activity

In 2022, we saw increasing state-sponsored activity originating from several countries. But the drivers behind the activity and the tactics used varied widely. This will continue into 2023, as governments use their cyber capabilities as one way of advancing their economic and political goals.

Russian cyber activity will be split between targeting Ukraine and advancing its broader intelligence objectives

With no prospect of an immediate end to the conflict in Ukraine, we can expect more conflict-related cyber activity aimed at degrading Ukraine’s critical infrastructure and government services and collecting foreign intelligence useful to the Russian government from entities engaged in the war effort. Groups tied to the Russian intelligence services will also continue to target geographic neighbors with disinformation campaigns, intelligence gathering, and possibly low-level disruptive attacks.

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