Republicans Beat Biden for Pipeline Cyber Attack, Shutdown
Prominent Republicans criticized President Biden for a cyber attack that shut down most of a major U.S. oil pipeline on Monday night.
The Colonial Pipeline, which supplies about 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the east coast, ceased operations late last week after uncovering a ransomware attack alleged to have affected some of their systems. On Monday, the FBI identified a criminal syndicate called DarkSide as the creator of the ransomware used in the attack. The members of the group speak Russian and their malware is coded not to attack networks with keyboards in Russian.
“No cyber gang in Russia can carry out this type of attack on an American piece of critical infrastructure without the tacit or explicit knowledge of the government of Vladimir Putin,” said Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), A member of the Senate Intelligence Committee “Fox News Primetime” Monday night. “It shows that Joe Biden’s weak policy towards Russia has ramifications for the American people.”
“If you give the store away to Russia, if you renew a nuclear weapons treaty that favors Russia over the United States, you allow Russia to build a gas pipeline to Germany under the Baltic Sea if you invite Vladimir Putin to a summit … you just encourage Vladimir Putin and his henchmen to launch such attacks on the US… ”added Cotton.
“He [Biden] calls Vladimir Putin a murderer and pretends to be a tough guy. The Democrats have been pounding over Russia for the past four years, but as soon as Joe Biden took office, they returned to their weak, reserved roots. We should go on the offensive immediately if that is what it takes to get Russia to fold its horns. “
Anne Neuberger, the White House’s deputy national security advisor on cyber and emerging technologies, told reporters Monday that the Biden administration does not hold any country responsible for the cyber attack. DarkSide itself posted a statement on its dark website claiming to “make money and not create problems for society”.
The Colonial Pipeline runs through 12 states between Texas and New Jersey and plays a key role in the transportation of gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and other petroleum products.
Former Texas Governor and Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the forced shutdown was intended to serve as a “wake-up call” for President Biden to “build more pipelines rather than shut them down”.
“I’m pretty sure the Clinton administration, the Bush administration, and the Obama administration all worked to make America independent of oil and gas from other countries,” Perry told Fox News “Hannity.” “And that’s what we did under the Trump administration. Not only have we become independent, we have become dominant, and this government wants to take that away and stop building pipelines. “
In the same program, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for legislation to bring cyberattacks to the same level as terrorist attacks.
“We should immediately pass a law punishing this type of hacking with the death penalty, and the law should include a provision that allows the President to go through trial to order the killing of those overseas who do so. Said Gingrich. “I mean, we’ve been defending about 15 years now. We have no idea who they are, we have no idea where they are, and if we knew who they are we would have no mechanism to do something about it. A big country can’t let people come in and devastate it, have no consequences and then wait for the next attack, and yet we are literally where we are right now. “
Colonial Pipeline announced late Monday that Line 4, which runs from Greensboro, NC, to Woodbine, Md., Was operating under manual control for a limited period of time, “while inventory is available … several smaller side lines between terminals and Delivery points are now also ready for use. “
The company said earlier Monday it hopes to “substantially” restore service by the end of this week.
With postal wires
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