President-Elect Joe Biden reacted to President Donald Trump’s hacking campaign on Tuesday, torn by US government agencies and businesses, which experts believe is the work of Russian intelligence.
Biden, while speaking to reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, reprimanded Trump for the “irrational collapse of the severity of this attack”, and called the mass violation a “grave threat to our national security.”
“The truth is: The Trump administration failed to prioritize cybersecurity,” Biden said. “The attack happened on Donald Trump’s watch, when he was not looking.”
He said he observed that “there is no evidence, it is under control,” stating that Trump “has not yet identified who is responsible.”
Biden said the Defense Department had not briefed his transition team on the attack and vowed that when he learns the “extent of the damage”, he will respond as president.
The hack is being described as one of the most successful cyber intrusions of US government and corporate institutions in history. The hackers first gained access to SolarWinds, an Austin-based company that provides remote information technology services to customers around the world, including several US government agencies and major corporations. The hack began at least in early March, although it was discovered only last week.
Experts have said that the operation is the work of the Russian intelligence department, and that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Russia was “very clearly” behind the hack.
However, Trump has removed the blame from Russia, opposing top officials in his own administration and baseless China, saying it.
“Cyber hack is far more in the faked news media than in reality. I’m completely briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is a priority when anything happens because Lamstream is mostly for financial reasons. Is for, is Paytm. … … discussing the possibility that it could be China (it could be!), “Trump wrote On Twitter over the weekend.
Trump’s remarks are the latest example of his reluctance to criticize Russia, which US intelligence agencies have called interference in the 2016 election to help Trump.
The White House was preparing to formally attribute the cyber hack to Russia in a statement on Friday, but a US official is said to have told NBC News. The officer did not say who instructed him to stand down.