The White House responded to the SolarWinds hack with a release Command Directs the US government to expel ten diplomats from Washington, DC, including members of the intelligence services, and impose a set of new sanctions on Russian individuals and assets.
And it dictates, too New restrictions Important on Russia’s sovereign debt, which makes it difficult for the state government to raise money and support its currency.
Biden officially blamed Russia-backed cyber-attack group Cozy Bear as the culprit behind the SolarWinds hack.
The FBI, NSA, Cyber Security Agency and Infrastructure Security have also issued a joint cybersecurity advisory warning of vulnerabilities that Russian intelligence is using to breach networks.
And theShe said Treasury Secretary: The Treasury Department is targeting leaders, officials, Russian intelligence services and their agents who are trying to interfere in the American electoral process, and this is the beginning of a new American campaign against Russian malicious behavior.
The breach was detected in December, and damaged more than 250 federal agencies and companies after a network security company called SolarWinds was hacked.
And American intelligence believes with high confidence that the attack was carried out by Russian foreign intelligence.
The sanctions also target 32 people believed to have participated in the government’s efforts to influence the 2020 election, a replay of the 2016 influence campaign that infiltrated members of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
One of those individuals (Alexei Gromov) is Alexei Gromov, deputy chief of staff in the Russian president’s office, who allegedly led the Kremlin’s efforts that sought to exacerbate tensions in the United States by discrediting the 2020 U.S. election process.
A number of private sector cybersecurity companies in Russia have also been sanctioned for their work in support of government efforts.
The Biden administration has been working since February to address the attack and change federal IT practices to protect against similar attacks in the future.
And in March, Describe A White House spokesperson is the security failure as a result of major gaps in modernization and cybersecurity technology across the federal government.
The White House said in a statement: The Biden administration has been clear that the United States desires a stable relationship with Russia, yet we have also made it clear – publicly and privately – that we defend our national interests and impose a cost on the actions of the Russian government that seek to harm us.