US refusal to accuse Russia of cyber attacks will encourage more cyber warfare


United States refusal to directly accuse Russia of launching politically motivated cyber attacks on its critical infrastructure seems to be inviting more trouble. Security experts fear that the said reluctance will create a policy vacuum which will encourage more cyber warfare from state funded actors.

FBI and CIA have already made it public that there was some kind of influence from Russian on the US 2016 Poll results. However, neither the White House nor the 29 member NATO military alliance publicly blamed national governments for those attacks.

But Jason Healey, the former cyber security officer of White House says that more hacking attacks are inevitable if the United States fails to publicize the names of known perpetrators.

Jason feels that such attacks will see no dynamics of deterrence until the names of the perpetrators are brought to the notice of the world.

In May this year, the 45th President of United States Mr. Donald Trump refused to accept the conclusions made by US intelligence. He inferred the whole probe as a political witch hunt and specified that he never won any election with the help of cyber warfare.

Meanwhile, Kremlin gave a media briefing very recently which says that Russia and the United States are in discussions on creating a cyber security group which will help deter hacking crimes on government agencies of both the countries.

But when the above said media briefing was brought to the notice of US security officials attending the  Black Hat Security conference, the attendees at the Las Vegas event shied away to accept it. They said that no such policy of such sort is being drafted and there was never an official word on it from Kremlin.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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