A lengthy and tedious job is waiting for US government researchers to try to understand the depth and authenticity of suspicious Russian cyber attacks on several government agencies.
Dan Hoffman, the former CIA director of the CIA at the outposts of the three agencies, described the incident as a “large-scale intelligence failure” in the United States, explaining the nature of espionage. He said: “We are still collecting evidence. We don’t even know how bad it is.” “We should detect these threats…and take action before they cause damage.”
The Russian Embassy in Washington blamed these reports on the American media, calling them “baseless attempts… accusing Russia of hacking US government agencies.”
Reuters reported on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin (Vladimir Putin) at the headquarters of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) said that the services of the Russian Federal Intelligence Service are the key guarantee for Russia’s “sovereignty, democracy, and independent development”. Expert We think this is a victory in a major attack in US cyberspace.
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Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Bill Barr both pointed to Russia when asked about the source of the attack. Pompeo, who was the director of the CIA before becoming secretary of state, became the first member of the Trump administration responsible for Russia during an interview on the “Mark Levin Show” on Friday. The Attorney General responded to Pompeo on Monday. Barr said: “This must be a Russian.”
President Trump wrote on Twitter that “Internet hackers in fake news media are much more serious than they actually are.” He downplayed the hackers and pointed out that China may be the culprit.
Senator Mitt Romney of Utah said in an interview with Chuck Todd of MSNBC on Sunday that he was disappointed by President Trump’s response. He said: “We have realized that the president has a blind spot in Russia.”
Fox News reported earlier this week that the severity of the attack indicated that Robert O’Brien, the president’s national security adviser, returned from a European trip earlier to coordinate the government’s response. When asked about the details of the operation on Christmas Eve, he said: “Some issues are too sensitive to discuss.”
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President-elect Biden asked Trump to respond to “irrational” accusations that the government failed to “prioritize cybersecurity.” Biden will take office in less than a month. He added: “This attack poses a serious threat to our national security.”
Hoffman, the former director of the CIA, said that this will be one of the issues that the new government must handle carefully. Describing how the U.S. government will ultimately respond, he said: “Every candidate who has proven his position in the intelligence community in the Biden administration will be asked this question.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the corridor are now calling for a more comprehensive policy towards Russia.Senator Mark Warner (Den Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Service Select Committee, called for a new set of rules and new ways to “align with our allies to prevent such activities from continuing” in the United States Broadcaster’s “This Week,” on Sunday
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The attack was serious, and the United States does not really know the severity of the loss. Experts say that the consequences will not be limited to targeted responses in cyberspace.
Anna Borshchevskaya, a senior researcher at the Washington Institute, said that because Russia is now seen as a country of declining power and cannot really pose a serious threat, the United States has shifted its foreign policy focus to China.
Borshchevskaya said: “This cyber attack once again highlights that this vision is wrong. Russia does pose a serious challenge, and doing so is not necessarily an emerging power.” “We usually We won’t get Russia right. We waver between two extremes-call it a weak declining force in decline, and then when a major Russian-led crisis breaks out and surprises us, we promote it to Similar to the power of genius. Status.”
She believes that the United States will need to deal with Russia more strategically. Russia and China are different, but the challenges they bring cannot be ignored.
David Fidler, a senior researcher on cyber security at the Council on Foreign Relations, believes that this attack should be a turning point in how the US government and the private sector handle cyber security.
According to Fiedler, “Russia’s cyber operations have revealed the continued vulnerability of the public and private sectors, and these threats cannot be mitigated by threatening to impose “costs” on those who try to cause harm to the United States.