(PatriotWise.com)- Russian President Vladimir Putin has hit back against accusations that the Russian state is either behind or supports cyberattacks, claiming that there is no evidence the government is behind any of the recent attacks. He even said that the allegations are “farcical.”
The comments came during a discussion on NBC News, and it’s important to note here that he didn’t flat out deny the accusations. Instead, Putin insisted that the United States has so far been able to prove that the Russian state was behind the Colonial Pipeline hack, even the JBS food processing company hack.
In both instances, the companies affected paid out millions of dollars in Bitcoin to Russian criminal cyberhacking gangs.
Putin stressed that his country has been accused of “all kinds of things,” ranging from election interference to cyber attacks. He slammed them as “unfounded accusations,” which might be true with regards to accusations about collusion with the Trump campaign – as was proven by the Mueller investigation – but isn’t true with regards to hacking.
Robert Mueller’s investigation didn’t find any evidence to suggest that President Trump colluded with Russia or obstructed justice, but did show how the Internet Research Agency, an organization backed by the Kremlin, uses fake identities to perform disinformation campaigns through social media websites.
FBI Director Christopher Wray has also previously said that Russia was “very active” in its efforts to influence the results of America’s elections – a statement that prompted then-President Donald Trump to tweet that China poses a far greater threat to the United States than Russia does.
NBC asked Putin why he doesn’t take a harder line against hackers who are found to have engaged in ransomware attacks against foreign businesses. The Russian leader responded by encouraging the United States to agree to joint work on cyberspace, something he is likely to bring up with President Joe Biden during Wednesday’s summit in Geneva.