Joe Biden warns US may enter ‘shooting war’ in retaliation to Russia and China cyberattack

Joe Biden gets quizzed about cyberattack during Michigan visit

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On Tuesday the US President issued a warning at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, highlighting cyber threat concerns from Russia and China. The Biden administration has made cyber security a top priority following attacks on US entities such as software company SolarWinds, Colonial Pipeline company, meat processing company JBS and tech firm Kaseya.

The cyberattacks of these companies had a major impact – in some cases it affected fuel and food supplies in the entire country.

By hacking the technology firm Kaseya it affected hundreds of businesses around the world.

Mr Biden said: “I think it’s more than likely we’re going to end up, if we end up in a war — a real shooting war with a major power — it’s going to be as a consequence of a cyberbreach of great consequence.

“And it’s increasing exponentially, the capabilities.”

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In March 2020, thousands of companies and US government agencies received a routine software update, however, unbeknownst to them at the time there was a harmful piece of code allegedly planted by Russian military hackers.

Nine months after the compromised software update was sent a cybersecurity firm called FireEye realised that all companies that updated had been hacked.

SolarWinds reported that 18,000 of its customers had downloaded the compromised software update.

On June 16 at a Geneva summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden listed critical infrastructure that the US says is off limits.

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Following this the US government has been corresponding with Russia over cyber attacks.

Earlier this month, the US, UK and EU accused China of another cyber attack that affected Microsoft.

It affected at least 30,000 organisations globally.

China has previously denied allegations of cyber attacks.

“We believe that cyber-operators working under the control of Chinese intelligence learned about the Microsoft vulnerability in early January, and were racing to exploit the vulnerability before [it] was widely identified in the public domain,” a security source told the BBC.

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