Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., called for the U.S. to play offense, not just defense, amid the rising threat of cyberattacks.
“I think we do have to go more on the offense,” Schiff told “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “That means when we identify cyber groups that are working in conjunction with foreign states, that we treat them as an arm of the state. And we use our cyber-capability to destroy or disrupt the infrastructure they’re using, and to raid whatever funds they’re accumulating from these attacks. Does that yield to greater instability? Very possibly, because we would be taking action against foreign parties.”
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Schiff is chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He’s also one of the most high-profile Democrats who pushed the Russian collusion narrative.
“[Russia] is still trying to sow division and discord. I think they may have been deterred somewhat from crossing further lines during the last presidential election because they recognized that were Joe Biden to be elected, they would have to pay a price for it, and they have. But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t intervene in the next election. We can expect they’ll use certain tactics, like social media, to help favored candidates. But I do think they’ll be a little more risk-averse when it comes to overt things, like hacking institutions,” Schiff said. “They have to know that would prompt a very serious response from this president, unlike what we have had over the last four years.”
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