OK - so I’ll leave the love part of the discussion for another day but the US, UK and EU are in some sort of a limited war with rules that seem to be “fuzzy” with Russia over their invasion of Ukraine.
We (collectively) are supplying Ukraine with weapons of a limited nature designed to make it nearly impossible for them to use the weapons for deep penetration into Russia itself. We have applied a number of random sanctions, some of which are porous, some of them counterproductive and some not addressing the issues at hand.
The name of the game is “chicken”. Both sides have the ability to incinerate the others, so while they can shadowbox, and feign, it is important to both that they limit the fear or disruption that they overtly cause in those on the other side.
In the meantime:
More than a dozen public-facing airport websites, including those for some of the nation’s largest airports, appeared inaccessible Monday morning, and Russian-speaking hackers claimed responsibility.
The group claimed responsibility last week for knocking offline US state governments websites. Killnet is blamed for briefly downing a US Congress website in July and for cyberattacks on organizations in Lithuania after the country blocked shipment of goods to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad in June.
In addition, OPEC has shown its “true colors” (pretty obvious for decades, considering its membership) by structuring pricing to clearly benefit Russia (currently in a leadership position in the cartel) while providing a political headwind to the current US administration which is not only considered the enemy of Russia, but the Saudis as well (as well as the Venezuelans, Iraqis and Iranians). So we can grovel at the feet of the Saudi Crown Prince (as his personal entertainment) or beg the Venezuelans for assistance, but we can expect rising energy costs and inflation as retaliation for our sanctions on Russia.
So the Russians are clearly letting us know that they can play with our cyber services without making an attempt to be overly destructive. What is missing in our understanding what is happening is what retaliation the US et al is taking - and while Russia can practice deniability by saying the attacks on the US are by independent third parties, can we do the same?
While presumably our government understands the game being played, there are many aspects which are opaque to the outside observer.
As Ukraine wars with Russia as our proxy, Russia is fighting back. The question is how far they will attempt to take things and what we will do in response - neither side wanting to push the other over the line of a direct military confrontation al a World War III.