U.S. President Donald Trump questioned Russia’s involvement in a large-scale cyberattack on the computer systems of the U.S. government. According to him, China could have been behind it. The politician published a post on his Twitter account on Saturday, December 19.
According to the American leader, it is not necessarily that Russian hackers were behind the cyber attacks, as reported by a number of American media outlets. “Russia, Russia, Russia is the primary chant as soon as anything happens … The media is mostly afraid, for financial reasons, to discuss the possibility that it could have been China (it could!),” Trump wrote.
He also noted that the scale of the hacking attack that occurred has been greatly exaggerated in the media. The head of the White House stressed that he was informed about what was happening and kept the situation under complete control.
Earlier, on December 19, Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, stated in an interview to Mark Levin radio show that Russia took part in the large-scale cyber attacks against the systems of the US government agencies and “governments around the world. On December 18, Lawrence Kudlow, head of the White House National Economic Council, cast doubt on whether Russia was involved in the cyberattack against the American government. In his opinion, other countries could have been behind it.
On December 14, Reuters reported that Russian hackers 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.