The White House received a bipartisan push Wednesday to ramp up defenses against Russian hacking of U.S. utility networks.
Democrat Sen. Maria Cantrell of Washington and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina sent a letter to Mr. Trump about their concerns towards Russia’s hacking capabilities. The letter specifically addressed the threat to U.S. energy infrastructure.
I’m concerned about Russia’s capabilities with respect to #cyberattacks on our energy infrastructure. @DHSgov & @FBI confirm our reason to be alarmed, citing a “multi-stage intrusion campaign by Russian government cyber actors who targeted small commercial facilities’ networks.”— Sen. Maria Cantwell (@SenatorCantwell) July 26, 2018
The senators requested that the White House provide information on the extent of Russia’s ability to impact the energy infrastructure, previous cyberattacks on the on energy networks, and steps to prevent further threats.
The news of this threat comes as suspicion and concerns continue that Russian hackers are still targeting U.S. elections.
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