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US cybersecurity general pledges to “bounce back” to fight ransomware attacks

The general leading the fight against cyberattacks against America has announced a “surge” to defend against a wave of malicious operations.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, General Paul Nakasone said government specialists would step up efforts to gather information on cyber attacks and “impose costs if necessary.”

He told the PA that authorities plan to publicly expose the warring countries that carry out high-profile attacks against the United States and find out the means by which they were carried out.

“Even six months ago, we probably would have said, ‘Ransomware is criminal activity,’” Mr. Nakasone said. “But if it impacts a nation, as we’ve seen, then it becomes a national security issue. If it is a national security issue, we will certainly address it. “

In July, President Joe Biden pushed Russian President Vladimir Putin to crack down on cyber attackers, telling reporters: “We expect them to act if we give them enough information to act on who they are.” is.

Serious hacks have compromised sensitive government records and have led to the shutdowns of energy companies, hospitals and schools in recent times. SolarWinds ‘spy campaign in 2020 revealed emails from 80% of accounts used by US attorneys’ offices in New York, while a separate hack of Microsoft’s mail server software in 2021 affected thousands of people.

Mr. Nakasone heads the National Security Agency and the Pentagon’s US Cyber ​​Command, both of which are part of a Biden administration strategy to publicly identify the perpetrators of the attacks.

The White House accused the Russian foreign intelligence service, known as SVR, of being behind the SolarWinds breach to Russia and blamed the Microsoft attack on hackers affiliated with the Chinese ministry of State Security.

Nakasone, who is also in charge of efforts to prevent foreign interference in US elections, said intelligence agencies “are generating information that will allow sharing of information in the not too distant future” on Russia. .

Mr Biden said in July that Russia had already attempted “pure violation of our sovereignty” by trying to spread misinformation about the 2022 midterm elections.


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