U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has promised to respond to large-scale cyberattacks committed against U.S. government agencies.
“I think that when I find out what the extent of the damage is and who is officially responsible, they can be sure that we will respond,” Biden said during a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware.
He conceded that the U.S. could respond “in a similar way.” “There are a lot of possibilities that I’m not going to discuss right now,” the Democrat concluded.
Reuters earlier reported, citing sources, that after the inauguration in January 2021, Biden and his advisers intend to consider several options for responding to the hacking of U.S. government computer systems.
The attacks, which were attributed to Russian hackers, first became known on December 14. It was alleged that they allegedly attacked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and gained access to internal communications at the agency. The attack was part of a campaign that also hacked the systems of the U.S. Treasury Department and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Moscow rejects accusations of hacking attacks on U.S. agencies and considers them unfounded.
U.S. President Donald Trump questioned Russia’s involvement in a large-scale cyberattack on the computer systems of the U.S. authorities. According to him, China could have been behind it. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Russia was involved in large-scale cyberattacks on the systems of U.S. government agencies and “governments around the world.