A Florida-based software management firm reported an attack on its systems on Friday. Security firm Huntress estimates some 200 companies to have been compromised with ransomware.
“We’re not sure if it’s the Russians,” Biden said in response to a question from a reporter who assumed that Russia was behind the hack.
The president said he “got a brief as I was on the plane and that’s why I was late” getting off the plane.
“I’ll be in better shape to talk to you about it—hang on a second,” the president said as he reached into his pocket to pull out a note card.
“I’ll tell you what they sent me, OK?” the president continued. “First of all, we’re not sure who it is for certain, number one.
“And the fact is that I directed the intelligence community to give me a deep dive on what’s happened, and I’ll know better tomorrow. And if it is, either with the knowledge of and/or a consequence of Russia, then I told Putin we will respond,” Biden said.
Asked if has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the hack, Biden said he has not.
“I haven’t called because we’re not certain. And the initial thinking was it was not the Russian government, but we’re not sure yet,” Biden said.
Florida IT company Kaseya alerted its customers at 2 p.m. EDT on Friday about a “potential attack” against…
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Original article posted by Ivan Pentchoukov at The Epoch Times. Title altered by Montana Daily Gazette.