White House Refuses to Explain Why Russian Hacking Attacks Are Rising under Biden
WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki mock reporter when asked the question
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if it was just a "coincidence" that Russian ransomware attacks against U.S. companies are increasing under Joe Biden.
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked the question following the attacks by alleged Russian hackers attacks on oil and meat companies, which disrupted U.S supply chains.
“On the JBS hack, these hackers based in Russia have disrupted American gas supplies and American meat supplies,” Doocy said.
“Why do you think that these ransomware attacks have been rising since President Biden took office?”
“Well, first, I would say these are private sector entities who have a responsibility to put in place measures to protect their own cybersecurity."
“As it relates to why criminal actors are taking actions against private sector entities, I don’t think I’m the right one to speak to that.”
“So, a total coincidence?” Doocy asked.
"I think you could certainly go track down those cybercriminals in Russia and have a good chat with them,” Psaki responded.
After NBC's Peter Alexander pressed Jen Psaki on why have we seen two massive cyber attacks on a gas pipeline and now meatpacking since Biden took office, Fox's Peter Doocy gives it a shot and wonders why are these happening now.— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 2, 2021
Psaki blames the corporations for getting hacked. pic.twitter.com/KugJ8inTzU
Neon Nettle reported that thousands of gas stations ran out of fuel last month amid the impacts of the cyber attack on Colonial Pipeline.
Colonial Pipeline is a private company that controlled the United States' largest pipeline.
“This shutdown will have implications on both gasoline supply and prices, but the impact will vary regionally,” said Jeanette McGee, AAA spokesperson.
On Wednesday, fears of meat shortages across America were mounting after Brazil-based JBS, the world's largest meat producer has shut down all of its US-based beef plants following a cyberattack.
According to officials from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, the shutdowns impacted all nine beef plants, located in Arizona, Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wisconsin, Utah, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
UFCW represents over 25,000 JBS employees. JBS's US-based pork plants are currently still operational, however.
The White House has blamed the hack on "Russian cybercriminals."