So what are you going to do, Joe? Critics slam Biden for showing ‘weakness’ to Putin after up to 1 MILLION companies were hit in REvil ransomware attack – three weeks after president warned he would respond if the US was hit by Russian hackers
Joe Biden isn’t being tough enough on Russian President Vladimir Putin, critics claim after a new cyber attack by Kremlin-linked hackers hit up to 1 million companies and demanded $70 million in cryptocurrency to fix it.
‘Bad actors like these are emboldened when President Biden projects weakness on the world stage,’ Georgia Representative Buddy Carter told DailyMail.com.
He added: ‘We should take immediate action to hold Russia accountable and make it clear we will not tolerate acts cyber terrorism.’
The president told his Russian counterpart last month that he would retaliate against hacking groups that target the U.S., and on Saturday told reporters that he will retaliate against the ransomware attack.
‘This marks a serious escalation just weeks after Putin-Biden summit on ransomware,’ New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth tweeted Saturday.
‘Not only is this a supply chain attack on MSPs,’ she continued, ‘they broke in via a zero day, a significant advance for REVil which has traditionally compromised victims through usual means of phishing, etc.’
Biden has instructed the FBI to launch an investigation into the hack, but insists that he and the intelligence community are still ‘not sure who’ is behind the cyberattack.
In mid-June, Biden held a bilateral meeting in Geneva where he gave Putin a list of 16 critical infrastructure entities that are ‘off limits.’
Those entities include energy, water, health care, emergency, chemical, nuclear, communications, government, defense, food, commercial facilities, IT, transportation, dams, manufacturing and financial services.
The most recent REvil hack, which was launched Friday, was aimed at breaching the IT systems of up to 1 million companies and businesses on almost every continent.
‘Hard to see this as anything other than Putin tellin’ Biden to f*** off,’ one journalist wrote on Twitter.
Author Greg Olear wrote that it’s time to retaliate.
‘Its time,’ he tweeted on Saturday. ‘Kick them off the world banking system. Shut off the pipeline. No more appeasement.’
Others slammed President Biden as ‘weak’ for his slow response to the global cyberattack, which has affected a minimum of 1,000 U.S.-based companies.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted on Saturday in reference to the bilateral meeting: ‘Remember when President Biden gave Putin a list of things that were supposed to be off-limits for cyber attacks?’
‘What he SHOULD have said is that ALL American targets are off-limits,’ the California Republican continued.
He added: ‘Biden is soft on crime and weak against Putin.’
During a trip to Central Lake, Michigan on Saturday, Biden said he would take action against the actors once more is known – casting doubt on whether the attack came from Russia.