Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), who is the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called for the United States to strike back at Russia for harboring cybercriminals.
McCaul appeared for an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” where host Martha Raddatz asked him, “Who wins in a cyberwar with Russia?”
McCaul responded by saying, “Well, I think — I think we need to let — demonstrate and the president needs to demonstrate with Putin, there will be consequences to your actions if you continue to do this. They have been mounting this up in the last just month. And, extraordinarily. And I think sanctions are great, but I think it’s time to start thinking about hitting back.”
Raddatz’s question was prompted by the recent events surrounding the hack of the Colonial Pipeline that caused chaos nationwide. It was discovered that hackers in Russia were responsible and may have even been supported by the Kremlin.
The Colonial Pipeline hack is far from the first time that Russian hackers have targeted U.S. infrastructure.
While it will be difficult to connect the Kremlin to this latest hack, McCaul believes that now is the time to hold Russia accountable. What form that retaliation will take is unknown, and the price may be higher than anything we could gain.
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