Rubio: Russia’s Hack of Federal Government Was an “Act of War”
In remarks on social media this week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said that Russia’s massive, unprecedented hack of the federal government qualifies as an “act of war” and demands a proportionate response from the United States.
“The methods used to carry out the cyberhack are consistent with Russian cyber operations,” Rubio tweeted. “But it’s crucial we have complete certainty about who is behind this. We can’t afford to be wrong on attribution, because America must retaliate, and not just with sanctions.”
Reports from within the national security apparatus have pointed the finger at Russia, but as of yet there has been no “official” credit given for the breach. Homeland Security announced Thursday that the intrusion began in March and was conducted by “a patient, well-resourced and focused adversary.” But while most cybersecurity experts believe that Moscow is behind the hack, the U.S. has yet to name them as the adversary.
In a statement this week, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said that we may not yet have a full grasp on just how significant the breach was.
“CISA has determined that this threat poses a grave risk to the Federal Government and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations,” the statement said. “CISA expects that removing this threat actor from compromised environments will be highly complex and challenging for organizations.”
Side note: Wasn’t it the head of CISA who told us a few weeks ago that there was absolutely no evidence of fraud or cyberattacks in the 2020 election? That this was the most secure election in U.S. history? Um, so if they had no clue that the Russians were elbow deep in every agency from Homeland Security to the Pentagon, how seriously are we supposed to take their insistence that the election was free and fair?
In an interview with Laura Ingraham on Thursday, Rubio said the U.S. needs to prepare a retaliatory strike.
“You saw the bulletin tonight, it went out, it’s a grave risk to federal, to state, to local governments, to critical infrastructure, to the private sector,” Rubio said. “And as far as attribution, when you attribute it to somebody, you have got to know it for sure because it’s a very — this is almost, I would argue — an act of war, absolutely.”
Yeah. Trump’s not even out of office, and the NatSec hawks are already preparing to go to war with Russia. We’re not saying we should sit idly by and let this intrusion go unanswered, but maybe we ought to take our time and think about options that don’t include starting World War III.