Rep. John Katko, top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, is calling the massive ransomware attack that affected hundreds of companies worldwide a “moment of reckoning” in the US-Russia relationship.
In a statement to The Post on Tuesday, Katko (R-NY) lamented that the cyberattack, allegedly conducted by Russian-linked cybercrime group REvil on Friday, came just weeks after President Biden boasted about taking Russian President Vladimir Putin to task on the matter of ransomware.
“Only weeks after President Biden sat down with Putin and allegedly talked a tough game with Russia, hackers from Russia again attacked thousands of U.S. companies, compromising our nation’s critical infrastructure,” the top-ranking House Homeland Security Committee Republican said.
“We’re facing a moment of reckoning when it comes to deterrence,” the New York lawmaker added. “Adversaries like Russia are creating safe havens for bad actors and we must project strength.”
Katko’s comments come one day after the cybercrime group claimed to be the hackers behind