Cyber security fears grow as Russia-Ukraine conflict continues

Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 10:50 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - With tensions rising between Russia and Ukraine, concerns over how this conflict could affect cyber security have also grown.

The Department of Homeland Security warned that Russia might launch cyberattacks in the United States.

President Joe Biden recently signed a National Security Memorandum to improve cyber security across the country.

In Northeast Arkansas, the City of Jonesboro’s Information Technology Department is keeping an eye out for any attacks.

“We get the alerts as well from the FBI or Homeland security,” said Jason Ratliff, director of the city’s IT department. “I pass it around to the team here, and we kind of just be on our toes and extra cautious.”

Ratliff said they block thousands of hacking attempts each day.

The attacks from Russia could range from just overwhelming websites to damaging important infrastructures like airports or energy facilities.

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