Washington could respond within weeks to Russian-attributed cyberattacks on American infrastructure. This was stated in an interview with CBS by the Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Jake Sullivan.
He said that intelligence is now determining those involved in the attack and the scale of the damage. “The answer will involve a set of tools – visible and invisible. These will not be just sanctions, ”Sullivan said.
He added that responding to such hacker attacks requires a more comprehensive set of tools.
A large-scale cyberattack on numerous US government agencies became known in December. Some Western media accused Russian hackers of hacking.
At the same time, then-US President Donald Trump expressed the opinion that China was behind the attack.
Last week, a statement by the FBI and a number of other American structures was released, which said that Russia was probably behind the cyber hack, the purpose of which was to obtain intelligence.
The Kremlin denied these accusations. Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, noted that Moscow has repeatedly offered the American authorities to resume dialogue on cybersecurity, but was refused.
Meanwhile, the media reported that the new US President Joe Biden may impose sanctions on Russia due to hacker attacks attributed to it.