Joe Biden slammed for being ‘weak’ on Russia after Kremlin linked to cyber attack
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The comments come as the FBI has linked the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline to Russian Military intelligence unit, DarkSide. Speaking on Fox News Primetime, Senator Tom Cotton claimed the President’s stance on Russia was having severe consequences for Americans.
He said: “No cyber-gang in Russia can conduct this kind of attack against an American piece of critical infrastructure without the tacit or explicit knowledge of Vladimir Putin’s government.
“It shows that Joe Biden’s weak policy on Russia is having consequences for the American people.”
The White House recently introduced another series of sanctions on Russia in response to the previous cyber attack on SolarWinds which allowed hackers to access federal government agency systems.
Mr Cotton continued: “When you give away the store to Russia, when you extend the nuclear arms treaty that favours Russia over the United States, you allow Russia to build a gas pipeline to Germany under the Baltic Sea, when you invite Vladimir Putin to a summit despite all that, you just embolden Vladimir Putin and his minions to launch these kind of attacks on the US.
“But the second, it also highlights just how bad Joe Biden’s energy policy is.”
On Friday, the Colonial Pipeline announced it had frozen its operations after falling victim to a ransomware attack causing around 5,500 miles of pipeline to be cut off.
The Colonial Pipeline, which supplies around 40 per cent of the oil for the East Coast and is the largest pipeline for refined oil products in the US, was shut down for a fifth consecutive day amid fears of widespread fuel shortages.
On Monday, fuel shortages were beginning to be reported across swathes of the East Coast.
In response to the national crisis, Joe Biden is preparing to hold a special summit with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in a bid to resolve the situation and normalise relations with Moscow.
Mr Biden refused to pin the blame on Russia outright, claiming that there wasn’t evidence of Russian involvement.
He said: “I’m going to be meeting with President Putin, and so far there is no evidence based on from our intelligence people that Russia is involved.
“Although there is evidence that they have actors ransomware is in Russia. They have some responsibility to deal with this.”
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DarkSide were confirmed to be the culprits of the latest ransomware attacks, an intelligence unit which has been paid millions of dollars in ransom from over 80 companies in the EU and US.
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