Trump contradicts Pompeo, playing alleged Russian role in hack

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 20, 2020 in Washington DC.

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President Donald Trump suggested on Saturday that China may be behind the cyber attack affecting several US government agencies and companies, despite allegations from Secretary Mike Pompeo that Russia was likely behind the attack.

This claim creates confusion in an already complex situation, as cyber security personnel try to locate a hack that came to light less than weeks ago. Reuters at the time cited people familiar with the matter, stating that the attackers were affiliated with Russia.

“Russia is a priority chanting over anything because, for most financial reasons, Lemstream is afraid of …….. … discussing the possibility that it could be China (it could be!” ) Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.

Russia has been a sensitive subject for Trump. An investigation led by Robert Muller found that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election resulting in Trump becoming president. After Trump said in 2019 that he had never worked for Russia, the New York Times reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had begun to see if he had been influenced by the Kremlin.

Shares of management software maker SolarWinds have fallen nearly 40% compared to the previous week, during which time it became clear how many organizations had installed updates to the software including a vulnerability possibility offered by attackers between March and June was. Cisco, Microsoft and VMware are among the companies that said in recent times that they were affected.

The Department of Energy confirmed on Thursday that the attack had reached its trading network. Last weekend the Commerce Department said it had dissolved, and NBC News reported that the White House National Security Council said it was investigating possible violations at the Treasury Department.

The Republican representing Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio, said in a Saturday tweet that it was “clearly clear that Russian intelligence had conducted the most serious cyber intrusion in our history.”

SolarWinds has not itself blamed a specific country.

“While security professionals and other experts have attributed the attack to an outside nation-state, we have not independently verified the identity of the attacker,” the company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday.

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