The FSB has not identified the “foreign intelligence agencies” that are supposedly preparing this attack. However the fact that a Ukrainian company is involved and that the servers and command centres are located in the Netherlands – a NATO state – obviously points in the direction of Ukraine and NATO.
This FSB warning of course comes after US threats to launch cyber-warfare against Russia in connection with the DNC and Podesta leaks.
Though this is the sum total of the information the FSB has publicly provided, it is possible to say more.
Firstly, this would not be the first large scale attempt to destabilise the Russian banking system.
German Gref, the CEO of Sberbank – Russia’s largest bank – has previously said that Sberbank was the target of a what looks like a very similar attack at the height of the rouble crisis in December 2014....
The last point to make about this affair is that it is very interesting that the FSB has apparently been able to detect the preparations for this attack so far in advance. On the face of it this is a notable counter-espionage success. One wonders how it was done.
The DuranCyber-war starting? Russia’s FSB warns of massive cyber-attack on Russian banks on Monday