Cyberattacks can spark a real war: Joe Biden

Cyberattacks can spark a real war Joe Biden
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During his speech, Biden also thanked members of the US intelligence agencies, underscored his confidence in the work they do, and said he will not exert political pressure on them.

US President Joe Biden warned Tuesday that a significant cyberattack against his country could spark “a veritable shooting war” against a great power, comments that highlight what Washington sees as growing threats posed by Russia and China.

Cybersecurity has risen high on the Biden administration’s agenda after a series of high-profile attacks hurt the United States far beyond the hacked companies. Some of the attacks affected fuel and food supplies in parts of the United States.

“I think it is more than likely that we will end up, if we end up in a war – a real gunshot war with a great power – that it is the consequence of a cyber breach with great repercussions,” Biden said during a half-hour speech while visiting the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

During a June 16 summit in Geneva with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden shared a list of critical infrastructures that the United States considers off-limits to nation-state actors.

Since then, senior members of the Biden administration’s national security team have been in constant contact with senior Kremlin officials regarding cyber attacks on the United States, the White House said.

Biden also highlighted the threats posed by China, referring to President Xi Jinping as genuinely serious about becoming the world’s most powerful military force, as well as the world’s largest and most prominent economy in the mid-1940s, from the 2040s.

During his speech, Biden also thanked members of the US intelligence agencies, underscored his confidence in the work they do, and said he will not exert political pressure on them.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence oversees 17 US intelligence organizations.