Former NSA executive on suspected Russian cyberattack on U.S. agencies
As the ambassador noted, a significant impact on the US elections was made in 2016, then the situation repeated itself two years ago and this year.
There is no doubt that in the Russian government, in the security services of this country, there are those who are involved in the incessant cyberattacks and campaigns to influence the decisions made in the United States. This opinion was expressed by the American Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan in an interview with Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE / RL).
According to the diplomat, when he was asked about cybersecurity in conversations with journalists and members of Congress, it was mainly about interference in the elections. As the ambassador noted, a significant impact on the US elections was made in 2016, then the situation repeated itself two years ago and this year..
But this is only part of a much larger problem before us – aggressive cyber activity on the part of elements within the Russian government. Therefore, we must act more effectively to protect ourselves. We need to continue to inform Moscow and hold accountable those who are trying to harm our digital infrastructure and use it to their advantage, – said John Sullivan.
So, in an interview with RFE / RL journalist Mike Eckel, Sullivan commented on a large-scale cyberattack on US government agencies, which became known earlier in December. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the attack had continued since the spring of this year and that Russia was involved, which Moscow denied.
According to the cyber division of the US Department of Homeland Security, hacking poses a serious threat to the federal and state and municipal governments, as well as to critical infrastructure..
Speaking about the current level of relations between the United States and Russia, the American ambassador noted the decline in trust between the authorities. But I myself, and, as I know, many Americans trust and believe in the people of Russia, a great people. This is a great country, with a huge territory, more than a thousand years of history and culture, which cannot be ignored, said Sullivan..
The American ambassador hopes that in the future it will be possible to resolve both the visa and personnel difficulties that have arisen, due to which the United States was forced to terminate the work of its consulates in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, and, in general, return high-level trust and establish strong and mutually beneficial cooperation. My advice to my successor in office would be to work hard to solve problems, given that the relationship between the United States and Russia is broader and deeper than it was during the Cold War, said John Sullivan..
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