As U.N. forces prepare to leave Afghanistan and prepare to begin their final withdrawal, the U,S.
is facing an increasing threat of cyberattacks.
That has led the Us. military to rethink its plans to leave its bases, even as many of the U’s own personnel have already left.
“We are aware of a new strain of ransomware that targets our operations centers in Europe, which we are very concerned about,” Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.A.E., told the Senate Armed Services Committee in September.
“In light of this, we are reevaluating our approach to protecting our facilities, and we have decided that we will continue to evaluate the threats, particularly to our critical infrastructure.”
Nicholson said in his testimony that he did not know whether the US. had received any information about the new ransomware.
“We have not seen any new ransomware or threats related to our bases,” he said.
It’s not just the U that is worried.
The U.K., Australia and New Zealand have all reported being hit by ransomware attacks.
According to the National Cyber Security Centre, the most common ransomware infections were from malware found on social media and from ransomware that had been sent to a legitimate email account.
In the U., the UASP (United States Army Special Operations Command) has had more ransomware infections than any other military organization, according to the Department of Defense.
In a recent report, the Center for Strategic and International Studies found that the U and U.M.S.-led U. S. Cyber Command (US Cyber Command) have been the top two sources of infections for ransomware infections in the last three years.
In the US, U.C. San Diego reported a 5% spike in ransomware infections over the last five months.
Army’s Cyber Command said it is working to reduce the threat of the new strain, but said that many of its personnel have left the military.
U.S.’s Cyber Command is expected to announce its first cybersecurity strategy in the fall.
One of the most popular malware used in the attacks, called a botnet, was discovered by researchers at cybersecurity firm Symantec in January.