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Cyber Espionage, SUPO: Russia will increase its activies against Finland

SUPO: Russia will increase its activies against Finland. Moscow necessitate the launch of high-technology manufacturing to replace imports from the West and may seek to acquire NATO-related intelligence

Russia in the winter period will most likely increase its cyber espionage activities In Finland. This was revealed by the SUPO, the Helsinki intelligence service. “The Russian security and intelligence services are increasingly targeting foreigners who reside in or visit Russia. Russians working in the West may also be a target of intelligence gathering when visiting their home country. Russian citizens serving in critical positions in Finland may be subject to coercion from Russian authorities. The threat of corporate espionage by Russia is also increasing as sanctions necessitate the launch of high-technology manufacturing to replace imports from the West. This places a particular premium on data security in Finnish businesses. Future NATO membership will make Finland a more interesting target for Russian intelligence and influencing operations. Russia may seek to acquire NATO-related intelligence through Finland. Russia has assessed what kind of NATO member Finland will be, and is determining the goals and instruments of influencing accordingly”.

China also pose a significant threat to Finland’s national security

“Both the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and the NATO accession process have highlighted the threat to Finland’s critical infrastructure in the physical and cyber environment. ‘We nevertheless consider it unlikely that any cyberattack will paralyse critical infrastructure in the near future,’ Supo Director Antti Pelttari explained. Besides Russia, the espionage and influencing operations of China pose a significant threat to Finland’s national security. China continues to engage in active intelligence operations targeting Finland, nor has the Russian invasion of Ukraine had any significant impact on these operations. China is still applying both human intelligence and cyber espionage methods. Authoritarian states can secure access to or influence over critical Finnish infrastructure by such means as corporate acquisitions or investments. There is a risk that another state will thereby acquire intelligence on the operations of services or public authorities that are critical to Finnish society.

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