January 12, 2018
“Russia is just getting started and the hacks, forgeries, and influence campaigns are going to get more and more sophisticated.”
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement following a cybersecurity firm’s report that Russian hackers are targeting the Senate.
“Russia is just getting started and the hacks, forgeries, and influence campaigns are going to get more and more sophisticated. Moscow wants to undermine America’s trust in our institutions and Putin couldn’t be happier with Washington’s obsession with making everything about settling partisan scores instead of preparing for 2018 and 2020. Last year, FBI Director Comey said he was certain that Senate IT systems have been targeted and the Attorney General said we weren’t doing enough to prepare for Russia’s next attack. The Administration needs to take urgent action to ensure that our adversaries cannot undermine the framework of our political debates and the Attorney General should come back to Congress and explain what steps he’s taken since last year.”
On May 3, 2017, FBI Director James Comey told Senator Sasse that he “would estimate it's a certainty” that Senate IT systems have been targeted by foreign intelligence services.
On October 18, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Senator Sasse that we’re not doing enough to prepare for future Russian interference.