On December 17, the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, suddenly issued a “extremely unusual warning”: Nearly a week later, cyberattacks against U.S. government agencies and private companies continue, and the risk is now at a “critical” level.
CISA is one of the most important national security agencies in the United States, and its harsh warning immediately caused a shock.
The worst hacker attack in history
Targeting directly at the U.S. nuclear arsenal
On the 18th, the U.S. media exposed another fierce news. The relevant person in charge of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that there were all signs that the target of the attack was the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
U.S. media quoted a security official as saying, “This seems to be the worst hacker case in American history.”
The evidence available to the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Safety Administration indicates that hackers have invaded their networks. Among them, even one of the most important nuclear weapons laboratories in the United States, Los Alamos National Laboratory, has found suspicious activities in the network.
The laboratory was the first national laboratory in the United States to participate in the design and development of nuclear weapons. It began to operate secretly in the early 1940s. At that time, its first mission was the famous Manhattan Project.
As soon as the news came out, it triggered American public opinion. Places such as the highest level of confidentiality such as nuclear arsenals have been invaded. Whether the daily combat duty of nuclear weapons will also be interfered with is not help but worrying.
The investigation is not yet completed.
U.S. media hurriedly to take the blame for Russia
Although the investigation into the hacking incident is still under way and the relevant departments have not reached a conclusion, some American politicians and media have begun to publicly accuse Russia of launching the hacking attack.
On the 18th, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo accused Russia of being the “behind-the-scenes” of the cyberattack. He claimed that Russia has spent a lot of effort in using third-party software to import code into the systems of the U.S. government department.
However, US President Trump’s statement is very different from Pompeo’s. On the 19th, Trump made his first comment, trying to downplay the “large-scale” cyberattack. He not only said that the attacks were “in control”, but also questioned the claim that the attacks came from Russia.
Trump also criticized his “bad media”, saying that these media repeatedly prioritized the word “Russia” out for economic reasons, no matter what happened.
Russia denies the accusations of the United States
Russian media counterattacked with an old news
Regarding the accusations made by the United States, Russian President’s Press Secretary Peskov said that the cyber attack on U.S. government departments had nothing to do with Russia.
Peskov also stressed that Russian President Putin had proposed to cooperate with the United States in the field of cyber security, but Russia did not receive any response from the United States.
The Russian media hit back at the U.S. media with reports, saying that the U.S. nuclear weapons crisis is most likely to be caused by internal reasons, because they have learned from the past.
Russian media quoted a revelation in the U.S. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that during the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s, the United States almost triggered a nuclear war due to the wrong password. Eventually, after repeated information confirmation, the control center ordered the cancellation of the launch. It was later confirmed that this was a misinformation order accident.