U.S. President-elect Joe Biden planned to respond to the “Russian” cyber-attacks suffered by U.S. federal agencies.
According to one of the interlocutors of the agency, after the inauguration in January 2021, the politician along with his advisers intends to consider several options for responding to the hacking of computer systems of the American authorities. It is noted that Washington is ready to take action that will result in serious economic, financial and technological losses for Moscow. At the same time, the Democrat expects to avoid an escalation of the conflict between the countries.
Another source clarified that at present, Biden’s plans are theoretical in nature since the political team does not yet have a grasp of the situation due to the lack of access to intelligence data. According to the source, Biden’s proposed response includes strengthening of countermeasures against cyber threats in the United States, retaliatory cyber attacks, as well as financial sanctions.
Acting U.S. President Donald Trump doubted Russia’s involvement in a large-scale cyber attack on the computer systems of the U.S. authorities. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Russia was involved in large-scale cyber attacks on the systems of U.S. government agencies and “governments around the world.
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.
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