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The infamous cybercriminal group behind the Conti ransomware has publicly announced its full support for the Russian government while the country’s army is invading Ukraine and threatened to strike the critical infrastructure of anyone launching cyberattacks or war actions against Russia.

The move comes after Twitter accounts claiming association with the Anonymous hacktivist collective declared “cyberwar” against the Russian government and took credit for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against the websites of Russia Today, the Kremlin and the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The involvement of hacktivists and cybercrime groups in the conflict, supporting one side or another, could spiral into a wave of escalating attacks and provide cover for destructive cyber actions directed by government agencies.

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