(PatriotHeadline.com)- Following a massive cyberattack against the American federal government, which dates all the way back to the Obama-Biden administration, members of Congress have questioned whether it constitutes an act of war from foreign forces.
The Hill reports that the cyberattack, believed to have been initiated by Russian military hacking group “Cozy Bear,” could be the biggest in American history. It has compromised security across the federal government, affecting even the federal agency responsible for managing the nation’s stockpile of nuclear weapons.
Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, told CNN that the country’s relationship with Russia needs to change.
“We can’t be buddies with Vladimir Putin and have him at the same time making this kind of cyberattack on America,” he said. “This is virtually a declaration of war by Russia on the United States and we should take that seriously.”
He was joined by “Republican” Senator Mitt Romney from Utah, who said on SiriusXM radio on Thursday that a cyberattack is a modern form of warfare.
“What I find astonishing is that a cyberhack of this nature is really the modern equivalent of almost Russian bombers reportedly flying undetected over the entire country,” he said. “And they didn’t drop bombs, but they had the capacity to show that our defense is extraordinarily inadequate.”
However, Senator Marco Rubio, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, reportedly urged people not to jump to conclusions, presumably about who was responsible for the attack or how badly compromised American intelligence was.
“There’s still information gathering occurring, so I’d caution anyone reaching conclusion or making pronouncements until all that is senate,” he said.
Perhaps the most disturbing part of the recent attack was how it resulted in foreign hackers gaining access to the business networks that run the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Shaylyn Hynes, a spokesperson for the Energy Department, said that an investigation is ongoing and the response to the incident is “happening in real time.”
“At this point, the investigation has found that the malware has been isolated to business networks only, and has not impacted the mission essential national security functions of the Department, including the National Nuclear Security Administration,” Hynes added in a statement.
Thankfully, no direct access to controls of American weapons was granted to the hackers, but it still makes you think.
Could Mitt Romney be right about something for once…is this an act of war from the Russians?
And can Joe Biden escape responsibility for it, if it turns out the hack did begin during the Obama-Biden administration?