Joe Biden’s Warning of ‘Russian Cyber Attacks’ Has Failed to Materialize
'To date, we have not seen specific attacks on the US'
Just a month after President Joe Biden warned Americans that a Russian cyberattack "was coming," a U.S. official said that Washington still has yet to detect any.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has assessed that Russia has not breached U.S. systems, with agency head Jen Easterly saying the administration has “not seen attacks manifest here.”
“To date, we have not seen specific attacks on the US. What we are concerned about is the fact that Russia’s malicious cyber activity is part of their playbook,” she said in a statement on Thursday.
Easterly did mention that American economic penalties could provoke Russian cyber operations in the future, despite the lack of such breaches to date.
“We are very concerned that as the war drags on, there may, in fact, be retaliatory attacks given the very severe sanctions we have imposed on the Kremlin, the US, and our allies,” the agency head continued.
In a March 21 speech, Biden told Americans that “the magnitude of Russia’s cyber capacity is fairly consequential, and it’s coming,” an ominous warning of major hacks on the horizon.
The Biden administration has issued several similar alerts that have failed to materialize.
As Neon Nettle reported at the time:
Biden suggested it would be their “patriotic duty” to invest as much as they could to improve their technological defenses.
Biden said this in a statement:
“I have previously warned about the potential that Russia could conduct malicious cyber activity against the United States, including as a response to the unprecedented economic costs we’ve imposed on Russia alongside our allies and partners."
“It’s part of Russia’s playbook,” he added.
“Today, my administration is reiterating those warnings based on evolving intelligence that the Russian Government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks.”
The White House urged companies to improve and update their cyber defenses as a precaution.
Biden also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin might lash out in a cyberattack because the invasion into Ukraine is not going according to their timeline.
“The more his back is against the wall, the greater the severity of the tactics he may employ,” Biden said.