Daines Statement on Reported Russian Cyber Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to reports that Russia hacked the Pentagon’s unclassified email system:

“Reports that Russian hackers—possibly sanctioned by the Russian government—hacked into the Joint Chiefs of Staff email servers nearly two weeks ago are deeply concerning.  This is the third known major cyber attack on the federal government unearthed this summer, and we still have yet to see a full report on the depth of the hack at the Office of Personnel Management. It’s unacceptable that the Obama administration has not yet addressed these serious holes in our nation’s security. We need to take concrete steps to prioritize the strengthening of our nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure.”

Daines has long been fighting to upgrade our nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure and has repeatedly spoke on the Senate floor to underscore the growing threat of a serious cyber attack from our nation’s enemies.