Joe Biden is still not calling on Vladimir Putin to respond to a massive ransomware attack from Russian-linked hackers as he again pulled out notes on Tuesday to deliver a prepared response to reporters questioning retaliation.
‘I can tell you a couple things,’ Biden said when asked if the attack warrants a response from the U.S.
as he started reading from a notebook. ‘I received an update from my national security team this morning.’
The president insisted the attack ‘appears to have caused minimal damages to U.S. businesses,’ despite reports showing at least 1,000 American companies were affected – and the hacking gang claims up to 1 million companies were targeted.
‘We’re still gathering information to the full extent of that attack,’ Biden said after delivering an update on the coronavirus pandemic and state of vaccinations from the White House.
He previewed: ‘I’m going to have more to say about this in the next several days.
We’re getting more detail and information – but that’s what I can tell you now.’
‘And I feel good about our ability to be able to respond,’ he as he trailed off and left the room after taking just one question.
Biden reading from his notes again comes after right-wing media and groups excoriated the president for an awkward exchange in Michigan on Saturday where he fumbled with paper in his suit jacket pocket to answer a question on the ransomware attack.
President Joe Biden had to again refer to notes when answering questions on the REvil hack as he said the attack ‘appears to have caused minimal damages to U.S.
businesses,’ despite the gang claiming up to 1 million companies were affected
During that trip on Saturday to a cheery farm store, Biden said he was just briefed on the attack, which was launched on Friday, but he had to refer to notes to give a non-answer updating reporters on the situation.
Despite the president vowing to ‘get tough’ on Russia, he is still not holding Putin accountable for the cyberattack or saying if he will retaliate in general.
His spokesperson, however, warned the Kremlin on Tuesday that if they don’t take action against REvil, a gang of Russian-linked criminal hackers, the U.S.
‘I will just reiterate a message that these [top national security] officials are sending, as the president made clear to President Putin when they met: If the Russian government cannot, or will not take action against criminal actors residing in Russia, we will take action – or reserve the right to take action on our own,’ President Joe Biden‘s Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during her briefing Tuesday.
Psaki added: ‘A high level of our national security team has been in touch with a high level of Russian officials.’
She also previewed that these expert-level discussions will continue next week with another meeting ‘focused on ransomware attacks.’
The press secretary said that the U.S.
intelligence community has still not attributed the attack to Russia, although a hacking gang linked to the nation, REvil, has claimed responsibility for the cyberattack.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had some more harsh warnings for Putin, saying: ‘If the Russian government cannot, 광주 성형외과 or will not take action against criminal actors residing in Russia, we will take action’ against cyberattacks
‘The intelligence community has not yet attributed the attack,’ Psaki said.
‘The cybersecurity community agrees that our evil operates out of Russia with affiliates around the world,’ she continued, ‘but in our conversations, 광주 성형외과 and we have been in touch directly, we are continuing to convey that message clearly.’
Even if the attack is not coming directly from the Kremlin, Psaki said, the administration still believes Puin has a responsibility to take action against those operating criminally within Russian against private entities in other countries.
REvil was able to breach Kaseya, a Miami-based IT firm, and use their malware protection product to target, it claims, up to 1 million different businesses in at least 17 different countries.
The gang is publicly demanding $70 million bitcoin to fix the issue, which the White House is advising Kaseya against.
REvil has lowered their asking price to $50 million, according to private negotiations reported by Reuters on Monday.
‘Our ransomware policy continues to be the same as it has been for several months, which is we do not advise – we advise against, in fact – companies paying ransomware, given it incentivizes bad actors to repeat this behavior,’ she said Tuesday, adding she is not sure ‘whether the company has paid ransom.’
Critics are lashing out at President Joe Biden for not keeping his promise to get tough on Russia over cyberattacks after the most recent REvil hack targeted up to 1 million companies
Biden has faced a slew of criticism for his slow response to the ransomware attack and his failure to ‘get tough’ on Russia despite vowing retaliation if there were any attacks on U.S.
John Katko told DailyMail.com Monday night the U.S. is ‘facing a time of reckoning’ in relations with Russia.
‘Only weeks after President Biden sat down with Putin and allegedly talked a tough game with Russia, 광주 성형외과 hackers from Russia again attacked thousands of U.S.
companies, compromising our nation’s critical infrastructure,’ Katko, ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said.
‘We’re facing a moment of reckoning when it comes to deterrence,’ the New York congressman continued.
‘Adversaries like Russia are creating safe havens for bad actors and we must project strength.’
Critics are applying pressure to Biden after he promised to get tough on Russia – and has failed so far to follow through on responding after a Kremlin-linked hacking group attacked the systems of at least 1,500 businesses.
Although Biden has instructed the FBI to launch an investigation into the hack, he insists he is still ‘not sure who’ is behind the cyberattack.
‘Bad actors like these are emboldened when President Biden projects weakness on the world stage,’ Georgia Representative Buddy Carter told DailyMail.com.
He added: ‘We should take immediate action to hold Russia accountable and make it clear we will not tolerate acts cyber terrorism.’
Biden warned that the US will retaliate if it finds out Russia was behind the mass cyberattack that hit at least 1,000 firms in the run-up to July 4 weekend.
Biden speaking at a cherry farm store in Central Lake, Michigan Saturday
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