I continue to be mystified the news of Russia’s attack on our government and telecom infrastructure, including tech giants like Microsoft, feels like such an underreported story. Of course, this kind of espionage is rarely exciting to most people even when the news is slow.
A great deal of the responsibility for the lack of a response belongs squarely with President Trump, who, when he even bothers acknowledging the attack, it’s mostly to deflect blame or falsely accuse China. Trump, who one year later still continues to fail at managing the response to the pandemic, is endangering all of us by also failing to effectively engage a known adversary on a 21st century battlefield. The best we can hope for at this point is to rebuild the attacked networks, investigate what happened, and prosecute those whose negligence failed us, starting with the President. My hopes aren’t high.