Jen Psaki Dodges Questions On Increase In Cyberattacks Under Biden

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Jen Psaki
Jen Psaki

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged a question from a reporter on why Russian cyberattacks on U.S. companies have increased under the Biden administration, while suggesting it is not the responsibility of the government to protect against foreign cyberattacks.

“On the JBS hack, these hackers based in Russia have disrupted American gas supplies and American meat supplies,” Doocy said. “Why do you think that these ransomware attacks have been rising since President Biden took office?”

“Well, first, I would say these are private sector entities who have a responsibility to put in place measures to protect their own cybersecurity,” Psaki responded, suggesting that the cyberattack on JBS, the world’s largest meat supplier, is not relevant to the United States government. “As it relates to why criminal actors are taking actions against private sector entities, I don’t think I’m the right one to speak to that.”

“So, a total coincidence?” Doocy asked

“I think you could certainly go track down those cyber criminals in Russia and have a good chat with them,” Psaki responded.

The attack on JBS, which supplies nearly one-quarter of the United States’ beef and one-fifth of its pork, comes the month after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline led to fuel shortages across the east coast. Since Americans need food to not die, many disagree with Psaki’s suggestion that the U.S. government does not have a role in protecting food suppliers from foreign cyberattacks – and virtually everyone disagrees with Psaki’s creative idea that reporters should “track down those cyber criminals in Russia.”