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Trump Downplays Cyber Espionage Attack That Penetrated Nuclear Weapons Agency

HeadlineDec 21, 2020

In cybersecurity news, a massive breach of U.S. government data continues to widen, with federal officials now saying the hack targeted the agency overseeing the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal and five other government agencies. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday it was “clear” that Russia was behind the hack. Just hours after he made that claim, President Trump broke his silence on the issue and said that China — not Russia — may have been responsible, while downplaying the scope of the hack. Trump tweeted, “everything is well under control.” Trump’s former top adviser on homeland security, Tom Bossert, told The New York Times it may take years to root out the effects of the hack, and that “entire new networks need to be built.”

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