The White House refused to publish a statement about Russia’s involvement in hacker attacks
Officials in the White House planned to release a statement on the afternoon of December 18, in which Russia was called the “protagonist” of a new cyberattack on the US government, but at the last moment were instructed to cancel the publication of the document.
Reported by the Associated Press, citing anonymous sources. For what reason and by whom the statement was stopped, the agency does not specify.
Nevertheless, on December 18, an interview with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was published on the website of the US Department of State, in which he was the first from the American administration to announce Russia’s involvement in the cyber attack.
Following him, the current US President Donald Trump spoke about the incident. He called the media reports of the cyberattack overblown and suggested that China, not Russia, was behind it.
On December 14, it became known that the US authorities were subjected to a large-scale cyber attack through the software of the SolarWinds company. Sources for The Washington Post said that the Cozy Bear group (also known as APT29), which is associated with the FSB, is behind the attack.
According to Bloomberg, at least 200 organizations worldwide were attacked. SolarWinds’ software with malicious code integrated into it was received by 18 thousand of the company’s customers.