Florida Senator Marco Rubio, said that the United States will retaliate for a massive cyberattack that has compromised private companies and government agencies.
Friday, Rubio tweeted “the methods used to carry out the cyberhack are consistent with Russian cyber operations,” though he stopped short of directly accusing the Russians.
“But it’s crucial we have complete certainty about who is behind this,” Rubio stated. “We can’t afford to be wrong on attribution, because America must retaliate, and not just with sanctions.”
The Department of Homeland Security said on Thursday that the attacks began in March and are “a patient, well-resourced and focused adversary.”
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said Thursday that “the attack is even larger in scope and has compromised online networks that never accessed software that was used to facilitate the attacks.”
“CISA has determined that this threat poses a grave risk to the Federal Government and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations,” the alert issued by the agency said. “CISA expects that removing this threat actor from compromised environments will be highly complex and challenging for organizations.”
During an interview with Marco Rubio on Fox News. Rubio stated,
“You saw the bulletin tonight, it went out, it’s a grave risk to federal, to state, to local governments, to critical infrastructure, to the private sector,” Rubio said. “And as far as attribution, when you attribute it to somebody, you have got to know it for sure because it’s a very — this is almost, I would argue — an act of war, absolutely.”
Microsoft, said Thursday that more than 40 of its customers were the target of sophisticated cyberattacks.
“As much as anything, this attack provides a moment of reckoning,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a blog post on Thursday. “It requires that we look with clear eyes at the growing threats we face and commit to more effective and collaborative leadership by the government and the tech sector in the United States to spearhead a strong and coordinated global cybersecurity response.”