The White House is promising unspecified retaliation against Russia for its hacking operation aimed at influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
“The president has made it clear that we will take action to protect our interests, including in cyberspace, and we will do so at a time and place of our choosing,” a senior administration official told Inside the Ring. “Consistent with the practice we have adopted in the past, the public should not assume that they will necessarily know what actions have been taken or what actions we will take.”
Critics say the administration in the past has failed to take appropriate retaliatory actions against cyberattacks, such as after the North Korean hacking against Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014.
Now the Russians have been linked to hacking against the U.S. political campaign.
A joint statement issued Friday by the Department of Homeland Security and office of the Director of National Intelligence stated that “senior-most” officials in the Russian government approved the hacking. The statement said U.S. intelligence agencies are “confident that the Russian government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations.”
“The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts,” the statement said.
“These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process,” it added. “Such activity is not new to Moscow — the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there.”
Washington Times/Inside the Ring, Item 2
Oct. 13, 2015