Biden Warns Cyberattack On U.S. ‘Constitutes A Grave Risk’ | NBC News
Biden sees no evidence that post-cyberattack situation is under control
President-elect’s team mulls options to punish Moscow for its alleged role in the current hacker attack, including financial measures and retaliatory hacks to Russian infrastructure
President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday that he sees no evidence that the situation following the massive cyber attack on the United States is under control. He also warned that this cyber attack would not go unanswered after he took office as head of state on January 20..
A hack discovered last week affected at least half a dozen government agencies and left thousands of US companies unprotected from cyber attacks. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this cyberattack was apparently carried out with the support of the Russian authorities..
“This is a serious risk and it remains. I do not see evidence that everything is under control now … The Ministry of Defense will not even inform us on many things. So I don’t know of anything that would indicate that the situation is under control, ”Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware..
Democrat Joe Biden accused incumbent Republican President Donald Trump of failing to protect the country from cyberattacks. Biden, who defeated Trump in the November election, said his next administration would take important steps to respond to this massive attack, but did not provide details..
The future White House chief of staff said Sunday that Biden’s response to the hacker attack would go beyond sanctions. Ron Klein said Biden has outlined actions to reduce the ability of foreign actors to engage in cyberattacks against the United States.
Biden’s team is mulling options to punish Moscow for its alleged role in the current hacker attack, including financial measures and retaliatory hacks on Russian infrastructure, informed experts told Reuters.
Kremlin denies involvement in massive hacker attack.
“The issue of the damage has yet to be resolved. We need to look very closely at the nature of the hack, how extensive it is and how much damage it did, ”Biden said..
The response to the cyberattack is just one of a growing list of challenges that Biden will face as he starts working in the White House Oval Office. This list also includes the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and the recovery of the American economy..
Biden’s transition team also announced six new appointments to his presidential administration on Tuesday. The positions of Attorney General and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency remain vacant in this administration..