At least 60 congressmen from both parties have been denied access to data for weeks in the latest ransomware attack on the United States.
The target was iConstituent, a technology provider that provides services to dozens of House offices, including a newsletter service that allows lawmakers to communicate with residents in their districts and a service to track constituents’ files.
It is the latest cyberattack after a series of hacks against the US executive and US companies, leaving many institutions feeling vulnerable and the Biden administration struggling to deal with the situation.
The Chief Administrative Officer’s office, which handles IT security for the House of Representatives, said there was “no impact” on overall home data and it was working with the company to resolve the situation.
‘At the moment, the Collective Labor Agreement is not aware of any consequences for House data. The CLA is coordinating with the affected offices supported by iConstituent and has taken steps to ensure the attack does not affect the home network and office data,” the office said in a statement.
At least 60 lawmakers were denied access to voter data for weeks in a ransomware attack on Capitol Hill
It is the latest cyberattack after a series of hacks against the US executive and US companies, leaving many institutions feeling vulnerable
Several law firms list payments to iConstituent in the latest in Payout Statements, with payments in the thousands of dollars to the tech company.
News of the attack was first reported by Punchbowl News.
And frustration is mounting among lawmakers over the issue.
Rep. Rodney Davis, the highest-ranking Republican on the House Administration Committee, told Punchbowl that he “understands there is some frustration with the seller in question here.”
It is unclear who was responsible for this latest attack. Russian actors were blamed for the Solarwinds attack last year, one on the Colonial Pipeline last month and the most recent attack on meat producer JBS USA. Gas and meat prices rose in the wake of the hacks.
Secretary of State Tony Blinken warned that Vladimir Putin will have to answer for the ransomware attacks when the Russian president meets with President Joe Biden next week.
“We prefer a more stable, predictable relationship with Russia. We have made that clear. But we made it equally clear that if Russia chooses to act aggressively or recklessly towards us or our allies and partners, we will respond,” Blinken said. axiosMike Allen in an interview that aired on HBO.
“Of course, when it comes to these ransomware attacks, we’ve already discussed it with the Russians. One of the things we see is that criminal enterprises seem to be involved in these attacks. And it is an obligation of any country, including Russia, if it has a criminal enterprise that is acting against someone else from its territory, to do whatever it takes to stop it, to bring it to justice,” the minister said. of Foreign Affairs.
Secretary of State Tony Blinken warned Vladimir Putin will be held accountable for ransomware attacks on US companies
President Joe Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16, at the end of his trip to Europe; it is his first meeting with Putin since he was elected president president
Biden is set to meet with Putin in Geneva next Wednesday for their personal meeting since Biden became president. Tensions between Washington and Moscow have risen as Biden has taken a heavy-handed approach to dealing with Russia. He has held Russia accountable for its meddling in the US elections; Moscow’s aggressive stance towards Ukraine and the government’s treatment of dissent, Alexei Navalny.
Blinken said one of the reasons Biden is meeting his Russian counterpart is because of the ransomware attacks, “to tell him directly and clearly what to expect from the United States if aggressive, reckless actions against us continue.”
He said the meeting would be a test of the government’s goal of having a “stable, predictable relationship” with the Kremlin.
“I can’t tell you whether I’m optimistic or not about the results of that test, but it’s important to do that. And I don’t think we’ll know after one meeting either, but we’ll have some clues and we’ll see. We’re prepared no matter what,’ Blinken noted.
“If Russia chooses to continue to act recklessly and aggressively – we are willing to deal with that, as we have done – on the other hand, if it chooses a different course, we are ready to commit.” , he added.
Last week, Biden did not rule out retaliation against Putin for the series of cyber attacks on US companies.
“We are looking closely at that matter,” Biden said when asked if he would retaliate. But he dismissed concerns that he was being tested by his Russian counterpart.
“No,” he said when asked if he thought Putin was testing him.
The Biden-Putin meeting will take place at the end of the president’s first foreign trip, ending his nine-day trip to Europe.