Claims massive cyber hack “may be China”, but offers no evidence

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President Donald Trump finally broke his public silence over the massive cyberattack on the United States on Saturday, but downplayed its gravity and turned down his own senior intelligence officials and the U.S. Secretary of State. asserts that China could be responsible for the attack and not Russia, which he has traditionally been reluctant to criticize.

Important facts

“The cyber hack is far bigger in the fake news media than in reality”, Trump tweeted Saturday morning, adding “Everything is well under control” and “Russia, Russia, Russia is the primary chant if something happens because Lamestream is petrified for mainly financial reasons, the possibility of discussing that” it could be China (it can!)”

In an interview on Friday evening, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said explained“We can say fairly clearly that it was the Russians who took part in this activity.”

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released one urgent warning, characterized the hacks as “a major risk” to federal, state and local governments and that the sophisticated attack compromised federal agencies and “critical infrastructures”.

Earlier this week, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) compared the hack to “Russian bombers fly over and over again undetected over the whole country. “

Trump ended his tweet on Saturday morning by suggesting that the hack may have been linked to baseless conspiracy theories on election fraud. To write“There could have been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election that is now evident that I won big.”

Critical quote:

“This looks like the worst hacking case in American history,” said a US official on condition of anonymity. said Thursday. “You got involved in everything.”

Key background:

The cyber attack is said to have started in March, but it was not recognized until the beginning of December. Microsoft Published Thursday that she identified more than 40 government agencies infiltrated by the hackers. The Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Finance, Energy, and Commerce are among the federal agencies believed to have been compromised. Corresponding the New York Times, US intelligence agencies have told Congress that they believe the attack was carried out by the SVR, an elite unit of Russian activists. President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday that his administration “will deal with this violation.” a top priority from the moment we take office “and that they would impose” considerable costs “on those responsible for the cyberattack. The Russians have denied this any participation. Until Saturday morning, Trump had been criticized for keeping silent about the cyber strike. On Friday, a White House spokesman persisted the president had “worked very hard” and was “up to date” with the attack. CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto reported However, on Saturday afternoon as White House officials “were preparing to issue a statement on Friday blaming Russia for the attack,” they were “urged, according to people familiar with the plans.” to resign ”.

Tangent:

During his four-year tenure, critics have accused Trump of being too submissive to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Above all, Trump has repeatedly downplayed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In a 2017 tweet Trump claimed he spoke with Putin about the formation of a joint “impenetrable cyber security unit”. When Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned last September, heads of state of other leading nations were quick to condemn the attack and urged Putin to provide answers. Trump on the other hand called, “I don’t know exactly what happened” Add, “We don’t have proof yet, but we’ll take a look.”

Continue reading:

Pompeo: Russia ‘pretty clear’ behind massive cyberattack on the US (Forbes)

According to the cybersecurity agency, hack against the USA is a “serious” threat (AP)


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