A pair of Democratic lawmakers are calling on US President Joe Biden to increase cybersecurity assistance to Ukraine and European allies following an attack that knocked out service at a key US internet service provider. Ukraine last month.
In a letter to Biden shared with CNN on Tuesday, Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Bill Keating, both of Massachusetts, expressed concern that Russia could lash out with more cyberattacks in Ukraine or hacking that would test Trump’s resolve. NATO as the Russian army advances in Ukraine. stables.
A cyberattack last week on Ukrtelecom, which describes itself as Ukraine’s largest “fixed-line” phone and Internet provider, reportedly reduced connectivity at the telecoms operator to 13% of its pre-Thursday levels. war.
The lawmakers, both members of their respective houses’ foreign affairs committees, want a newly formed cybersecurity office at the State Department to bolster US cooperation.
A spokesman for Markey’s office called the $37 million the White House has requested from Congress to run the office in fiscal year 2023 a “strong starting point” but said it was “imperative” that the State Department move on. coordinate with government entities such as the US Cyber Command and the Department of Homeland Security that have long provided cybersecurity assistance to Ukraine.
CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.
Aside from the new office, the State Department has overseen millions of dollars in aid to kyiv to shore up its networks in recent years. And the head of the US Cyber Command, the army’s hacking unit, said Tuesday that the command sent a team of cyber specialists to Ukraine late last year to help defend Ukrainian infrastructure.
More about the tricks: While there have been a number of Russia-related hacking incidents against Ukrainian organizations since the war began, there has not been the level of disruptive hacking against critical infrastructure that some analysts feared.
One exception was a cyberattack at the start of the war that knocked out tens of thousands of satellite modems in Ukraine and other parts of Europe. US officials are investigating that incident as a possible state-sponsored Russian attack, CNN previously reported.
On March 21, Biden warned US business executives that “the magnitude of Russia’s cyber capability is quite significant and it’s coming.” the possibility.
Markey and Keating asked Biden to “quickly” nominate an ambassador-at-large to lead the State Department’s new cybersecurity office. (Secretary of State Antony Blinken told State Department employees Monday that Biden would nominate someone for the job “very soon.”)
Democratic lawmakers also want to know what lessons the Biden administration has learned from the Russian hacking of Ukraine in recent weeks.
“How is the Administration coordinating with US government agencies to apply these lessons to shore up potential US vulnerabilities, as well as those of our allies and partners?” Markey and Keating wrote to Biden and asked for answers before April 29.