UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – As a result of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Director of the Cyber Security Masters Program at Utica University, Andrew Carr, says that we can expect Russia to release misinformation campaigns, mainly through social media, in an effort to create division in our society.
“You’ll see things appearing on social media to try to make you think they are right for invading Ukraine but as far as a direct against our critical infrastructure that’s very unlikely at this point,” said Carr.
So how can we spot the disinformation?
“It’s having a keen eye for what you’re seeing so coming from a source you don’t recognize. take a look at the profile. is it a profile that was created two days ago that’s likely not a legitimate person. what is the language like is it all broken does it appear to be by a computer.
Carr says if there is a cyber attack against the united states, officials are prepared.
“Russia is very capable at cyber attacks but we also have a very capable group of people on our side to prevent and mitigate that,” said Carr.
There may be temporary disruptions to banks, gas, or the power supply. However, he says Americans should not panic.
“We shouldn’t make runs on the grocery stores and stock up with 100 days of food there’s just no need at this point having a little bit of cash on hand is never a bad thing simply because if there is a ransomware attack on your bank there may be a disruption to getting money out of ATMs or accessing your checking account but we’re just not at that point in this confrontation,” said Carr.