(PatriotWise.com)- As Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to invade Ukraine, a retired U.S. Army General has warned that Russia will likely resort to more cyberattacks on the United States.
Speaking on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America,” retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Blaine Holt warned that if Western countries attempt to disrupt the “special military operation” going on in Ukraine, they should probably expect more cyberattacks from Russian hackers and gangs – endorsed by the Russian government.
“When Vladimir Putin threatens us, I think that’s exactly what he’s got on his mind,” he said. “It will be a cyberpackage we’re going to face, and we could see that in multiple tiers of our society. You could see it in banking, in our markets, in our grid hospital system.”
It’s a terrifying idea and one that’s really on the cards now that President Joe Biden has implemented a number of sanctions on Russia in response to the invasion.
Holt did suggest that the United States has the ability to defend itself, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be disruption. In fact, several major American companies and even government departments were revealed last year to have been compromised by Russian hackers – and that the hacking has been going on for quite some time.
He added that cyberattacks are “part and parcel” of Russia’s approach to taking over Ukraine and replacing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his government.
While the United States has not sent troops into Ukraine to fight Russia, a deployment of around 800 troops to Latvia and the other Baltic states has taken place, with a view to defending NATO borders with Russia.
Just how long it will take Putin to respond, however, is anyone’s guess.
Watch the interview here.