New York Republican, Representative John Katko talked about the dangerous possibility of Russia engaging in cyber-attacks. Katko said even before the war against Ukraine began, everything the United States was doing in an attempt to deter Putin was absolutely not working and not enough.
Katko also divulged that Congress wanted to send lethal aid to the Ukraine even before Putin began any ground assaults, but it was President Joe Biden who “resisted” the notion. Now, says Katko, that the “Genie’s out of the bottle and Russia is in Ukraine” the President is doing a “decent job of ratcheting up the sanctions and trying to tighten the economic impact.”
Katko was then asked about cyber security specifically, saying “we are all concerned” and inquired as to how well equipped the United States and world is to defend itself. “Russia is one of the worst defenders on the world stage for cyber-attacks” said Katko.
As Ranking GOP Member on the Homeland Security Committee, Katko says he has been advocating to build up “our nation’s cyber defenses before it’s too late.”
I joined @BloombergTV to discuss potential Russian cyberattacks against the United States amid the Russia-Ukraine War. As Ranking Member on @HomelandGOP, I’ve been advocating to build up our nation’s cyber defenses before it’s too late. https://t.co/F57JEXm9Ok
— Rep. John Katko (@RepJohnKatko) March 31, 2022
Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.
A new report from Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a U.K.-based investigative organization, determined that a North Korean ballistic missile which was fired by Russia into Ukraine contained “numerous” electronic components sourced from the U.S. and Europe.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the findings, noting approximately 75% of the 290 components analyzed in the missile originated from U.S.-based companies, and an additional 16% of components came from European firms, according to the CAR report.
The electronic components came from 26 countries in total and were largely utilized in the missile’s navigation system, according to the report. It isn’t clear how the components ended up in North Korea’s possession, as the country is strictly sanctioned by a bulk of the international community, but it’s possible other foreign companies, acting as middlemen, bought the components and then diverted them to the communist country.
However, the fact that North Korea was able to acquire so many American electronic component parts suggests “that the country has developed a robust acquisition network capable of circumventing, without detection, sanction regimes that have been in place for nearly two decades,” according to the report.
CAR documents “weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.”North Korea gathered the components, assembled the missile and shipped it to Russia, all within a relatively short time period, according to the report. The missile was recovered by CAR on Jan. 2, and the investigators determined it could not have been manufactured before March 2023.
A @conflictarm field investigation team recently documented the electronic components of a North Korean ballistic missile recovered in Ukraine on 2 January 2024. CAR investigators documented over 290 components, mostly found in the missile’s navigation system.🧵 (1/6) pic.twitter.com/WxsedC18K6
— CAR (@conflictarm) February 20, 2024
The U.S. government and intelligence agencies are working to stop sensitive American intellectual property from ending up in the hands of several foreign adversaries. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have strengthened their relationship since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
“Due in part to our export and sanction controls, Russia has become increasingly isolated on the world stage, and they’ve been forced to look to like-minded states for military equipment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing in January. “One of those states is North Korea.”
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