Biden faces the challenge to counter Russia’s hacking claims

July 07, 2021 | 2 minutes read

Biden faces the challenge to counter Russia’s hacking claims

President Joe Biden tried to set some ground rules for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin last month in Geneva.

He said cyberattacks on critical infrastructure are “off-limits”.

“I looked at him and said how would you feel if ransomware took on the pipelines from your oil fields? He said it would matter,” Mr. Biden said while affirming the fact that if Russia violated these “basic norms” the US will retaliate. The events of the last few days stand as a test of these claims. 

On Monday, Bloomberg reported that Synnex, a third-party provider used by the Republican National Committee (RNC), had faced a cybersecurity attack last week. 

In a statement, the RNC Chief of Staff Richard Walters said he couldn’t believe that the hackers have breached its system.

The hack was followed by another large-scale attack that was revealed on Friday. 

The Retaliation claim from President Joe Biden

If Joe Biden wants to retaliate against these cybersecurity violations, he has the reasons to do so. 

Some analysts have explained the nature of the two attacks.

Dmitri Alperovitch, a cybersecurity expert and chairman of the Silverado Policy Accelerator, believes that the attack at RNC is rather conventional spying. He commented:

“This looks very much like traditional espionage, which we’re never going to stop. Nor is it in our interest to stop it, because we want to conduct espionage against Russia and China.”

However, Alperovitch differentiates REvil’s attack on Kaseya saying that the attack has hurt many businesses in America that too at a time when small businesses are already struggling in the country. The attack can’t be tolerated and Joe Biden has the reason to retaliate. 

All eyes are on the Russia Biden challenge and Joe Biden’s policy position to the Russian’s hacking claims.