The white house announced a “proportional” Russia’s response to hacker attacks

The white house announced a “proportional” Russia’s response to hacker attacks


President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama is considering several options to respond to Russia in connection with the hacking of computer networks “political organizations.” Obama promised to choose a response that is “proportional”

About it reports Reuters with reference to the words of White house spokesman Josh Ernest. When Ernest said that retaliatory measures can be taken without public announcement.

“There are a number of possible retaliation, and the President chooses this response to be proportional,” said Ernest at a press conference on Tuesday, October 11. “The President may choose this response, which we will announce publicly,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on cybersecurity, Republican Cory Gardner said that the U.S. Congress will be submitted a draft law on the introduction of sanctions against “Russian cybercriminals”.

October 8, Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergei Ryabkov said that the charges of involvement of the Russian side to the organization, “the alleged hacker attacks on American political institutions and individuals” is not supported by evidence. According to the diplomat, the evidence base on this issue “invented by those who are in Washington now performs an obvious political order, continuing to escalate to unprecedented anti-Russian hysteria”.

The representative of the Russian foreign Ministry also said that Moscow since the end of last year, the United States offered to hold consultations on the issues of combating illegal actions in cyberspace, however, the response from Washington has been received.

At the same time press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov called accusations against Russia “nonsense”. According to him, the official website of the President of Russia daily can withstand tens of thousands of hacker attacks. “Many attacks are traced from the United States. We do not blame every time the White house or Langley (headquarters of the CIA. — RBC)”, — said Peskov.

Statements in Moscow was made after the Obama administration officially accused the Russian authorities of hacking attacks on the servers of the Democratic party. “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity [hacking] attempts that only the most high-ranking Russian officials could authorize these actions,” — said in a statement, the Department of homeland security and office of the Director of national intelligence.

The goals of these “theft and disclosure”, the statement said, “interference in the election process in the United States.” In Washington, stressed that such actions “are not new to Moscow.” “Russia used such tactics and technique before in Europe and Eurasia, for example, in order to influence public opinion there,” it said in a statement.

Scandal cyber attacks on the Democratic party of the United States erupted in the summer of 2016. The first of the break-ins concerned a national party Committee, which on July 22, WikiLeaks released the emails and documents related to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They had discovered the conspiracy of the employees against the former member of the presidential race Bernie Sanders that led to the resignation of party leader Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.