President Biden hasn't ruled out retaliation against cyber criminals attacking U.S. infrastructure.
Biden says he's not ruling out retaliation to shut down cyber criminals attacking U.S. infrastructure. pic.twitter.com/0N4hdeaTAd
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) May 13, 2021
President Biden said: “The bottom line is that I cannot require private companies to do certain things related to cybersecurity. Many of you are very seasoned reporters who covered this debate on Capitol Hill before I became President and debated it internally when President Trump was. This will be an ongoing negotiation. But I think it's becoming clearer to everyone that we have to do more than we do now. "
The President was asked, “Are you going to consider using cyber retaliation to take down these criminals? Are you ruling that out? "
He replied in one word: "No."
Trump let Russia go wild on US cyber infrastructure for years. Trump did nothing and refused to acknowledge that the attacks came from Russia. The Russian government did not attack the colonial pipeline, but the attackers live in Russia.
Biden is cleaning up another Trump mess and will do everything in his power not only to keep U.S. security safe but also to take down the criminals.
Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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