U.S. officials said that a complex, months-long cybersecurity attack targeted several federal agencies
President-elect Joe Biden has said the latest cybersecurity breach against U.S. firms presents a significant risk to national security, arguing that it was not stopped by the Donald Trump administration.
Recently, U.S. officials said that a complex, months-long cybersecurity attack targeted several federal agencies. Russia is being blamed for the huge hack, which is considered one of the greatest cyber-attacks ever in the U.S.
U.S. government hack: hacking or a war act?
Mr. Biden, reflecting on the breach, described it as a significant problem that his administration would face on a bipartisan basis.
“There’s still so much that we don’t know, including the full extent of the breach or the extent of the damage it has caused, but we do know that this attack poses a serious risk to our national security, which has been carefully planned and orchestrated,” Mr. Biden told reporters at a Tuesday news conference in Wilmington, Delaware.
Using advanced cyber tools, the cyber assault was carried out, and the attacker managed to catch the federal government off guard and unprepared, he said.
Since last-late last year, at least last year, foreign actors have been working on this hack, setting the scene to compromise our networks, scraping up confidential information from our world-class tech sector and from private companies and government agencies in the United States,” Mr. Biden said.”
The reality is that the Trump administration has refused to prioritize cybersecurity, from the elimination or downgrading of cyber coordinators in both the White House and the State Department, the dismissal of the head of the Cyber, Space, and Infrastructure Protection Agency, to the unfounded downplaying by President Trump of the severity of the assault.
“That’s enough. Cyber-attacks must be viewed as a serious threat by our leadership at the highest levels in a period where so much of our lives are carried out online,” he said.
Mr. Biden said that this should not be left unanswered, adding that it means making clear and openly who was responsible for the attack and taking drastic measures to take them into account.
Initial signs, including Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, and William Barr, Attorney General, indicate that Russia is responsible for this violation, he said.
This is definitely the long history of Russia’s reckless, disruptive cyber-activities, but the Trump administration needs to make an official attribution. This attack occurred on the watch of Donald Trump while he was not watching. “As President, it is still his duty to defend American interests for the next four weeks, but rest assured that I will, even if he does not take it seriously,” Mr. Biden said.
Noting that he is dissatisfied with the reaction of Donald Trump, Mr. Biden said he was glad to see the representatives of both sides in Congress speak out loudly and clearly against this attack.
Again, in the Senate, I would especially like to thank influential Republicans for speaking out. It’s a message, a sign that, with a new government, with a united front here at home, we can face these challenges on a bipartisan basis. That should inspire the American people and alert our opponents,’ he said.
Mr. Biden said, reacting to a comment, that the damage done remains to be determined.
We have to look at the essence of the breaches very carefully, how serious they are, and what harm has been done. And thirdly, as (former) President (Barack) Obama and I and our administration have spoken about, there’s going to be a need for international road rules on cybersecurity.
We have to bring along our allies and our partners so that if it breaks any of these basic fundamental laws, we hold everybody responsible he added.