Rep. McCaul: It's time to consider 'hitting back' at Russia

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source: https://www.politico.com

Texas Rep. Michael McCaul on Sunday advised the U.S. to consider “hitting again” at Russia for harboring cyber ransom hackers, amping up the strain on President Joe Biden to make the recent ransomware attacks a focal point of his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The president needs to demonstrate with Putin, there can be consequences on your movements if you keep doing this,” the top Republican on the residence Foreign Affairs Committee said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“Sanctions are wonderful, but I assume it’s time to begin thinking about hitting back,” he stated.

"They want to realize that — that after they try this, there are effects to their actions and we're going to hit them returned," McCaul added. "until we do that, they're going to maintain with terrible conduct."

The U.S. has been hit through a growing wide variety of ransomware attacks, with crook networks these days taking a first-rate interstate gasoline pipeline and one of the global’s largest meat processors offline. U.S. officers have blamed each attack on ransomware gangs with ties to Russia.

when DarkSide, a ransomware gang based out of Russia, induced the Colonial Pipeline to shut down final month, Biden instructed reporters Russia had “a few obligations” to address the cyberattack.

“The president needs to demonstrate with Putin that if you keep doing this, there will be consequences on your movements,” the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said on ABC's “This Week.”

“Sanctions are great, but I think it's time to start thinking about retaliating,” he said.

"They want to recognize that — that there are consequences to their actions after they try this, and we're going to hit them back," McCaul added. "As long as we don't do it, they'll keep behaving badly."

The U.S. has been hit through a growing wide variety of ransomware attacks, with crook networks these days taking a first-rate interstate gasoline pipeline and one of the global’s largest meat processors offline. U.S. officers have blamed each attacks on ransomware gangs with ties to Russia.

Biden is expected to broach the attacks in his meeting with Putin on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland.