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Biden prepares tough move against Russia for its possible involvement in cyber attacks last week

Source : 112 Ukraine

The president-elect's administration plans to introduce financial sanctions and respective breaches of Russian cyber infrastructure
08:46, 21 December 2020

During May 6-12, almost 20 DDoS attacks on state bodies were carried out in Ukraine
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Joe Biden's upcoming response to the massive cyberattack last week will be beyond the common set of sanctions. Ron Klain, the future head of White House staff said so on air of the Face the Nation, the CBS show, as quoted by Reuters.

"It’s not just sanctions. It’s steps and things we could do to degrade the capacity of foreign actors to engage in this sort of attack”, the official said.

The president-elect's administration considers the introduction of financial sanctions and respective breaches of Russian cyber infrastructure, sources in Biden's staff say.

The Kremlin denies any involvement in the hacking campaign conducted in the U.S.

Related: U.K. use of software linked to Russia-hack runs deep

Biden who is supposed to become the President of the United States on January 20 is most likely to get the support of both parties regarding the decisive response to hacker attacks, law enforcers said on Sunday.

Republican Senator Mitt Romney assessed the situation, claiming that the hacking campaign was “extraordinarily damaging”.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Russia for what is being described as the worst-ever cyber-espionage attack on the US government. "We can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity," Mr. Pompeo said on Friday.

President Trump downplayed the attack's severity - saying it was "under control" - and cast doubt on Russia's role, hinting at Chinese involvement.

The hack, targeting software made by US firm SolarWinds, was found last week. However, it had been going on for months. 

Among the US agencies targeted was the office that manages nuclear weapons. That government organization, the US energy department, said however that the arsenal's security had not been compromised. Several other organizations around the world, including in the UK, are understood to have been targeted by hackers using the same network management software.

Related: Russia’s alleged hack could be worst in U.S. history

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