According to the US authorities, Moscow and Beijing are trying to regularly use loopholes in the US government and companies to monitor and steal information.
Just as retaliation against Russia is being considered, large-scale cyber attacks against U.S. government agencies and companies were discovered late last year. Joe Biden It must face a new cyber offensive that clearly identifies another potentially powerful US adversary: China. According to a report from The New York Times today, Washington will provide answers in these two areas, which will better define the strategy the new US administration intends to adopt in this cyber conflict. According to the authorities, both Moscow and Beijing are involved in this. strategy. Attempts to regularly use the vulnerabilities of the U.S. government and companies to conduct surveillance, steal information and potentially damage key components of U.S. infrastructure.
The newspaper quoted a source as saying that Biden’s first major move is expected to take place within the next three weeks, and a series of covert actions will be taken against the Russian network, which is obviously obvious to the president. Vladimir Putin As well as its military and intelligence agencies, but not other parts of the world. These actions should be combined with some kind of economic sanctions and Biden’s executive order to accelerate the strengthening of the federal government network after the Russian hacking, which has been discovered by cybersecurity companies for several months.
After publicly exposing major vulnerabilities in the Microsoft email system used by small businesses, local governments, and some sources (including major military contractors), the White House, the Pentagon, and intelligence agencies have taken further emergency measures in the past few days. .
Microsoft identified the intruder as a state-sponsored Chinese organization and quickly issued a patch to allow its software users to eliminate system vulnerabilities. According to Microsoft, this has caused a “competition” among system patch manufacturers, and many other Chinese hacker groups have also launched many new attacks this week.
They pointed out that US officials who are still in these days are trying to understand the true extent of China’s attacks, and every hour they are aware that this attack is more serious and more serious than originally thought. According to preliminary estimates, about 30,000 systems will be involved, most of which are systems operated by companies or government agencies that use Microsoft software and manage their e-mail systems in-house.
The US government has not disclosed any official signs of hackers, but at the White House and the Microsoft factory in Redmond, Washington, people worry that espionage and information theft may be more destructive preludes. Operations, such as modifying or deleting data.
The White House emphasized the seriousness of the situation in a statement issued by the National Security Council. It said: “The White House is taking a comprehensive government response to assess and resolve the impact of Microsoft’s invasion.” He pointed out that this response was developed by former senior official of the National Security Agency and Deputy Director of the National Information Security Agency Anne New Led by Anne Neuberger. technology. The Security Council warned: “This is a positive threat that is emerging, and we urge network operators to take it very seriously.”
As for retaliation, Biden’s national security adviser Jike Sullivan explained that combining public sanctions with private actions is the most likely combination. “In fact, I think it is clear to the Russians, but a series of measures that are not seen in other parts of the world are actually the most effective. It can clarify things that the United States considers to be within or outside the boundaries, and that he Added that we are prepared to respond to these attacks.
To this end, the US government will also keep in mind the executive order that Biden signed on the day of his inauguration at the White House. Among other things, the order effectively maintained the secret documents signed by the former president. Donald Trump In August 2018, Network Command Compared with the Obama administration, the United States has more power to carry out daily operations in cyberspace, and these operations usually do not have clear presidential authorization.
According to people familiar with the matter, under the new order, the Cyber Command in particular will be able to carry out operations of considerable scale and scope, and allow the National Security Council to review or adjust these operations. The upcoming actions against Russia and any potential responses to China may fall into this category.
(With source Askanews)