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US Official Warns Cyberattacks Are 'Here To Stay'

The US commerce secretary appealed Sunday for vigilance from the private sector in the face of increasingly serious cyberattacks, saying the threat is "here to stay" and may even worsen.

"I think the first thing we have to recognize is this is the reality, and we should assume -- and businesses should assume -- that these attacks are here to stay and if anything will intensify," Gina Raimondo said on ABC's "This Week."

Analysts say the hackers behind a series of recent cyberattacks -- targeting a major US oil pipeline, a global meatpacking giant and even the Irish health service -- are likely based in Russia.

Aides say President Joe Biden will raise the issue during an upcoming European trip, first at a G7 meeting of leading democracies beginning Friday in Britain, then with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16.

Raimondo, asked whether the US should be taking a more aggressive stance on cyberattacks -- even perhaps contemplate military action -- replied that "all options are on the table."

"This is a top priority and all of us in the cabinet and the National Security Council are focused on it and considering all possible consequences."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Likely based in Russia." Meaning they don't actually know, but let's not miss another opportunity to demonize the Russians!