“The president has a blind spot when it comes to Russia, so you can expect this to be his response,” Romney told CNN’s Jack Tapper when asked about a tweet by Trump downplaying his secretary of state. State Assessment of Massive Hack.
“This is a great wake-up call for us. I think we need to reconsider our military and national security preparedness when it comes to cyberspace, because this is the war of the future and we hope we will have the strongest, largest nation on earth. We are as far as you can expect.” The Utah Republican Party added.
At least half a dozen federal organizations, including the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber arm and agriculture, trade, energy and state departments, are now targeted for violations. Investigators are still trying to determine if any of the government data may have been accessed or stolen.
Romney similarly said that Cypriot puts the United States at risk and that the country should act harshly.
“What Russia has done has the potential to paralyze us in terms of our electricity, our water, our communications,” he told Tapper. “This is the same thing that one can do in a wartime system, so it’s extraordinarily dangerous. It’s not only an outrageous insult to our sovereignty and rhetoric, it is one that has to face a very strong response, such as important., But more or less with a cyber response.”
Agent ‘not safe’
Chris Cripps, the former director of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Organization, later told Tapper on the show that federal agencies were currently “not optimistic about security” and that one reason his ex-company did not find the hack soon was that some officials had not yet signed the bill to aggressively alienate opponents.
“There is a provision in the National Security Accreditation Act … it’s waiting for his signature at the President’s desk … this is Sisa, my old company, this is what we need to do to ensure that the authorities go out and hunt down these enemies really aggressively and look for the other side,” the former cyber leader said.
Flynn had suggested last week that Trump could implement martial law as part of an effort to thwart the election, and during the meeting, White House aides pushed back the idea of naming Powell as special adviser to investigate allegations of voter fraud.
Romney, a frequent critic of Trump, exploded Trump’s repeated attempts to invalidate election results.
The story was updated on Sunday with additional details.
CNN’s Veronica Straculosco, Kevin Liptack, Jennifer Honsler and Nicki Robertson contributed to the report.
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