US President-Elect Joe Biden has taken situation with the Trump administration’s lack of response relating to the just lately disclosed SolarWinds attack and the way it didn’t formally attribute the hack.
Thousands of US enterprise in addition to a number of federal businesses have fallen sufferer to the large cybersecurity breach however to this point, President Trump has downplayed each the extent and severity of the attack.
One of the primary causes Biden and his staff are so involved is because of the truth that the incoming administration is at the moment at nighttime because the Department of Defense just lately stopped briefing Biden’s transition staff. As a end result, Biden will not have the ability to actually perceive what occurred within the SolarWinds attack till he takes workplace on January 20.
In his pre-holiday remarks to the American folks, Biden defined that there might be penalties for these liable for the attack, saying:
“We can’t let this go unanswered. That means making clear and publicly who is responsible for the attack and taking meaningful steps to hold them in account.”
Downplaying the attack
According to Biden, the nation-state hackers believed to be liable for the attack on SolarWinds have been in a position to catch the federal authorities off-guard and unprepared.
He additionally highlighted how the Trump administration didn’t prioritize cybersecurity in his current speech by “eliminating or downgrading cyber-coordinators in both the White House and at the State Department to firing the Director of CISA”
President Trump in the meantime continued to downplay the severity of the attack in a current tweet, saying:
“The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!).”
While these liable for the attack have but to be named publicly, Microsoft, FireEye and different cybersecurity companies imagine that it was the work of the Russian nation-state hackers Cozy Bear. We’ll have to attend see how the investigation performs out to no positive for although.
Once president, Biden will possible attempt to study from the errors of his predecessor by making cybersecurity a precedence and by treating cyberattacks “with the same seriousness of purpose as we treated threats of other unconventional weapons”.