US officials intensified pressure on companies and foreign adversaries to fight cybercriminals and said President Joe Biden was considering all options, including a military response, to confront the growing threat. US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimundo said the Biden administration was looking at all options" to defend the country from cyber crime perpetrators.
While Raimundo did not elaborate on these options, she said the topic would be on the agenda when the US president meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin this month. The growing threat of cyber attacks has prompted the Biden administration to take a tougher stance against Russia, which is believed to be harboring some of the perpetrators.
Raimundo, we are not ruling out anything in this discussion while we are considering the ramifications, possible consequences, or the response.
Early last week, hackers targeted the world's largest meatpacking company. The largest pipeline network for fuel distribution in the United States was attacked in May, raising fears of disruption to food and fuel supplies.
The recent cyberattacks prompted President Joe Biden to put the issue of Russia's harboring of hackers on the agenda of his meeting with Putin. Officials said that the White House intends to use the June 16 summit to send a clear message to the Russian leader.
Some Internet experts say the next step may be to paralyze the computer servers used to carry out such hacks. US officials are also demanding that private companies be more vigilant and transparent about attacks.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said last May's attack on Colonial's pipeline network, which led to temporary gasoline shortages, demonstrated the nationwide repercussions that a private company hack could have.