A cyberattack against United States government systems will not go unanswered. This was announced on December 22 by President-elect Joe Biden.
вЂњAlthough we still do not know much, we know one thing вЂ” this (cyberattack) poses a great risk to national security,вЂќ the CNN channel quoted him as saying.
He accused the administration of the incumbent US President Donald Trump of failing to вЂњmake cybersecurity its priority,вЂќ so Biden will take appropriate action. The elected head of state emphasized that before responding to cyberattacks, it is necessary to assess the scale of the damage.
In addition, he called on Trump to вЂњgive a public and clear answerвЂќ to the question of who is responsible for the attack. Biden recalled that the current head of state has dismissed or demoted those responsible for cybersecurity in the US administration.
On December 14, The Washington Post reported that a group of hackers, backed by a foreign government, managed to gain access to the system of the US Treasury and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and steal their data. The publication accused Russia of involvement in the hacking.
On the same day, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that Russia had nothing to do with hacker attacks on American state institutions. The Kremlin spokesman called for an end to unfounded accusations against the Russian Federation.
At the same time, Trump said that the media exaggerated the scale and danger of the recent cyberattack on US federal agencies. In his opinion, China may be behind the incident.