US Attorney General William Barr joined Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in holding Russia responsible for the recent piracy operation that affected the United States, while a Democratic senator spoke of the Treasury Department being exposed to a dangerous breach that does not know its extent.
“Based on the information I have, I agree with Secretary Pompeo’s assessments that the Russians did it, but I will not say more than that,” he told reporters.
A few days ago, Pompeo accused Russia of being responsible for the cyber breach, which he described as widespread and complex.
Pompeo added – on the “The Mark Levin Show” – that the massive cyber attacks “were very large, and I think we can now say very clearly that the Russians have engaged in this activity.”
On the other hand, US President Donald Trump doubted US officials’ accusation of Moscow’s involvement in carrying out this attack, and said that “the media accuse Russia whenever something happens, often for financial reasons.”
It also reduced the risk of cyber breaches that were exposed to sensitive federal institutions in the United States.
“The cyber attack is more important in the fake media than it is in reality,” he said in a tweet, adding, “Everything is under control. Russia, Russia, Russia, this is the first need to hesitate when anything happens,” adding, “It may be China, this is possible.”
For his part, a member of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Jim Himes called on President Trump to act and stand in the face of the recent cyber attacks on vital US institutions.
In an interview with CNN, Hemms accused Russia of being behind this attack, indicating that the president should be clear with Moscow about what it had done.
Damages and risks
And on the damage caused by the piracy process, Senate Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said that an employee working in the Treasury Department informed the Finance Committee of the ministry’s exposure to a serious breach, the extent of which is unknown since its occurrence in July.
A few days ago, the US government confirmed that the recent piracy campaign against federal agencies is ongoing and large, and has affected their networks.
Informed sources revealed that hackers spied on the internal emails of the US Treasury and Commerce Department, and that there were fears that the infiltration discovered so far was only the tip of the iceberg.
“The situation is evolving, and work is underway to find out the full scale of the attacks,” said a joint statement by the FBI, the Cyber Security Agency, and National Intelligence.
The statement emphasized that the FBI is investigating and gathering intelligence information to identify, monitor and put an end to the attacks.
The Democratic Senator’s statement indicated that the US Tax Authority has informed the Finance Committee that there is no evidence of piracy targeting the Solar Windows software.
Accusations and denials
At a time when accusations are being made against Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied yesterday that Russia was involved in the cyber attacks on US government institutions.
Peskov said in response to the threat of sanctions for piracy, that Moscow has nothing to do with the debate in Washington about the piracy attacks it is exposed to, noting that Washington’s actions in recent years are unpredictable.
He added that these accusations are baseless, and that they represent a continuation of what he described as a blind phobia towards Russia, which is resorted to in all incidents.
As for Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, he said during a press conference yesterday that the United States is politicizing the cybersecurity issue to distort China’s image in the international community and spread misleading information without conclusive evidence.
And he considered that these words and actions contradict the position of the United States in the international community.
He vowed to respond
As for the administration of US President-elect Joe Biden, it has threatened the White House chief of staff involved in the electronic espionage.
Ron Klein, White House chief of staff in the Biden administration, said that the next administration will not only impose sanctions on those involved in the cyber espionage process, but will also take steps to limit the perpetrators’ ability to repeat this type of attack.
For her part, Biden candidate for the Ministry of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, told ABC that the next administration takes what is happening regarding cyber attacks very seriously, stressing that Biden will have a strong response to what happened.