Biden says severe cyberattacks could lead to a "real shooting war"

midian182

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In context: We've seen an increase in the number of large-scale cyberattacks recently, from hackers exploiting vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server software to the REvil ransomware infections. And while the damage these incidents cause can be severe, President Biden has warned that they could lead to something even more serious: "a real shooting war."

Speaking at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence yesterday, Biden talked about the new security challenges facing the US intelligence community.

"We've seen how cyber threats, including ransomware attacks, increasingly are able to cause damage and disruption to the real world," he said. "I can't guarantee this, and you're as informed as I am, but I think it's more likely […] if we end up in a war, a real shooting war with a major power, it's going to be as a consequence of a cyber breach of great consequence."

Biden discussed ransomware attacks with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin earlier this month. POTUS warned that the US would retaliate if Russia didn't do more to stop attacks that originate from within the country.

While not related to cyberattacks, Biden spoke about Putin yesterday, describing him as "sitting on top of an economy that has nuclear weapons and oil wells and nothing else" and therefore "in real trouble, which makes him even more dangerous, in my view."

Biden also touched on Russia's interference in the US elections. "Look what Russia is doing already about the 2022 elections and misinformation. It's a pure violation of our sovereignty," he said. "I think we also need to take on the rampant disinformation that is making it harder and harder for people to […] assess the facts, be able to make decisions."

China, which the US blames for the Microsoft Exchange Server hack, was another topic. Biden said President Xi Jinping is "deadly earnest about becoming the most powerful military force in the world, as well as the largest—the most prominent economy in the world by the mid-40s."

There was also a warning that the US must stay ahead of countries such as Russia and China in the tech race. "It's especially important that we work closely with our partners and allies to maintain our technological edge—shore up supply chains, ensure that the rules that govern technologies support democracies, not autocracies."

It should be noted that both the Obama and Trump administrations also warned that the US reserves the right to respond to cyberattacks with the military.

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Geralt

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More likely that the US and Europe will start enforcing penalties against cyber terrorists the same why murder terrorists are treated. If you don't like it, hide harder or stop doing what you're doing.
In Moscow I need to find a place to hide myself :)
 

Austinturner

Posts: 295   +353
In Moscow I need to find a place to hide myself :)
In a game of global hide and seek I can’t imagine many countries with better hiding spots than Russia! China is too populated, Australia is too empty, America is already full of people with guns in all the hiding spots waiting for the end of the world. But Russia, there you could just disappear for years!
 

Austinturner

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I look at the amount the US spent on bomb shelters and programs getting school kids to hide under desks in the cold war, I don’t get why they can’t roll out a national cyber protection program that results in systems being patched, mandated security testing, holds executives accountable for breaches when their companies have been negligent etc. I mean sure it might not stop state sponsored hacking, but at least stop most of the ransomware crap.
 

Dimitrios

Posts: 918   +715
Am I the only one here where I don't want to watch any of his speeches due to cringe off track and slurred speech and rambling? My blood starts to boil and I just have to back out. There was one video where he had a cheat sheet on what to say and then it had pics of circled news reporters that he would ignore.

Out of all the people why? Is this the best we have to offer? I'm not joking I would rather have a WALMART employee running this country instead of Biden. We all know Trump won! You know it and I know it!
 

itgerald

Posts: 23   +16
Am I the only one here where I don't want to watch any of his speeches due to cringe off track and slurred speech and rambling? My blood starts to boil and I just have to back out. There was one video where he had a cheat sheet on what to say and then it had pics of circled news reporters that he would ignore.

Out of all the people why? Is this the best we have to offer? I'm not joking I would rather have a WALMART employee running this country instead of Biden. We all know Trump won! You know it and I know it!
Yeah he won alright....in your alternate REALITY
 

Geralt

Posts: 669   +978
Am I the only one here where I don't want to watch any of his speeches due to cringe off track and slurred speech and rambling? My blood starts to boil and I just have to back out. There was one video where he had a cheat sheet on what to say and then it had pics of circled news reporters that he would ignore.

Out of all the people why? Is this the best we have to offer? I'm not joking I would rather have a WALMART employee running this country instead of Biden. We all know Trump won! You know it and I know it!
He is socialist... so, all is said.
 

wiyosaya

Posts: 6,540   +4,937
Socialists stole the election. They belong to a political party which killed more than one hundred million people in the world. They are crap whether they appear like full communism or light "cool" socialism.
I guess that's the reality on Earth-50. 🤦‍♂️
 

wiyosaya

Posts: 6,540   +4,937
Am I the only one here where I don't want to watch any of his speeches due to cringe off track and slurred speech and rambling? My blood starts to boil and I just have to back out. There was one video where he had a cheat sheet on what to say and then it had pics of circled news reporters that he would ignore.

Out of all the people why? Is this the best we have to offer? I'm not joking I would rather have a WALMART employee running this country instead of Biden. We all know Trump won! You know it and I know it!
I think what you mean to say is that you would rather have a dictator running the country.
 

rmcrys

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Russia does not have ambitions to rule the entire world, not since some decades ago anyway. But China does... so there's your answer.

The USA has "just" the ambition to be the world's police/ manager and at least with "the USA" (before and after Trump...) you can talk with normal people. There are situations where they do too much (as watching everybody..., dark business but also the uk, France, Italy, Germany do it also) but in general they are as everyone else.

China, Russia, North Korea etc are closed politicians / dictators and want to "really" rule the world, no matter what: pollution, people's rights, richness distribution, etc etc are no themes and they don't care. So, if one day came to be ruled by the USA or any of those other countries, please be it by the USA! At least they are "normal" people...
 

Dimitrios

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Joe Biden loves his wars

What shocks me is that he was a politician for 47-50 years and what has he accomplish?
I will give anyone $500 if they can prove me wrong that Biden has done more than Trump. The only good thing that came out his mouth was helping our tech industry.
 

Kosmoz

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The USA has "just" the ambition to be the world's police/ manager and at least with "the USA" (before and after Trump...) you can talk with normal people. There are situations where they do too much (as watching everybody..., dark business but also the uk, France, Italy, Germany do it also) but in general they are as everyone else.

China, Russia, North Korea etc are closed politicians / dictators and want to "really" rule the world, no matter what: pollution, people's rights, richness distribution, etc etc are no themes and they don't care. So, if one day came to be ruled by the USA or any of those other countries, please be it by the USA! At least they are "normal" people...
USA "normal" people? Sure, but how many are left normal there?

Between BLM, identity and gender politics, PC, equality, ultra feminism, woke and a dozen more ideologies and brainwashing and common-sense-destroying-politcs, for anyone outside of that country or anyone inside with more than 2 neurons is as clear as daylight that USA of today is a former shell of what it was 50 years ago.

All this **** I described above you don't see in Russia. I'm sorry, but you got it backwards, normal people are in Russia, not US, because that Russian president you call a "dictator" is against them all. There are even laws against some of that **** in Russia, while in US they have or want to make more laws to support all that crap.

The US is being destroyed from within and sooner or later will implode.