“We are making efforts through the FBI and the Department of Justice to disrupt their work and prosecute criminals who extort ransom using viruses,” Biden said, speaking at the White House.
“Obviously, this is a criminal act,” he added.
According to Biden, his plan to support the economy includes, among other things, investments in strengthening the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure. Earlier, Colonial Pipeline said that the largest pipeline operator in the United States had shut down some systems “to contain a threat that temporarily halted all operations related to the pipeline and affected some information systems.” The company hopes to restore operations “largely” by the end of the week. The pipeline downtime has already led to higher wholesale gasoline prices in the United States. The US media linked the cyberattack to Russia, but the White House did not confirm this, saying that at the moment the version of a criminal organization is being considered. Russia has in the past denied allegations of cyber-hacking in the United States and other countries.