WASHINGTON DC- US Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Mike Rounds (R-SD) and a bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to the US Secretary of Homeland Security requesting information on the efforts to protect the United States from Russian cyber threats and disinformation. The letter references past Russian cyber operations – such as the attack on SolarWinds – as evidence of their history of involvement in malicious cyber activities that target the United States.
“The Russian government often engages in malicious cyber activities, including espionage, intellectual property theft, disinformation, propaganda, and cyber attacks, which target the United States. In response, the United States government imposed sanctions on Russian personnel and security agents for various cyberattacks, including the SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign, and for acts of disinformation and interference, including attempts led by the Russian government to influence the US elections. write the senators.
“Given Russia’s history of disruptive cyber and disinformation activities, we are concerned that the United States may be targeted in retaliation for moves to impose costs on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. “, the letter from the senators continued. “As we stand with the people of Ukraine, impose crushing sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s regime and call for additional security assistance to help Ukraine defend itself, we must also work to protect the homeland from cyber activity. of retaliation.”
In addition to Senators Brown, Rosen and Rounds, the bipartisan letter was signed by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mike Braun (R-IN), Shelley Capito (R-WV), Bob Casey (D-PA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Angus King (I-ME), Joseph Manchin (D-WV), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Friday, Brown and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) issued a statement following news that President Biden has announced his support for ending permanent normal trade relations with Russia. Brown and Cassidy introduces bipartisan and bicameral Law prohibiting most-favoured-nation trade with Russia to revoke Russia’s most favored nation status, which currently protects Russia from being subjected to higher US tariffs.
Brown and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) also sent a letter to the International Trade Commission to urge them to vigorously enforce US trade remedy law with respect to Russia. Given Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, senators want to ensure that the United States fully enforces US law against Russia.
The full text of the letter is available here.