Klain: Hack response will go beyond 'just sanctions'

The incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said on Sunday that President-elect Joe Biden's response to the massive data breach US officials believe was committed by Russia would go beyond sanctions.
KLAIN: "It's not just sanctions. There are also steps and things that we could do to reduce the ability of foreign actors to repeat this type of attack, or we are still involved in even more dangerous attacks."
Klain said on CBS 'Face the Nation that Biden is showing ways to crack down on the suspected Russian hackers who have infiltrated half a dozen U.S. government agencies and suspended thousands of American companies - in one of the largest hacks of its kind ever exposed.
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The US Senator Mitt Romney sounded the alarm on Sunday and described the incident as "extremely harmful". President Donald Trump has a "blind spot" on Russia.
Trump first admitted hacking on Saturday but downplayed its importance and asked if the Russians were to blame.
But Trump's own foreign minister, Mike Pompeo, said on Friday that Russia was responsible for the attack that Reuters first reported last week.
KLAIN: "We should hear a clear and unambiguous division of responsibility from the White House."
People familiar with the matter told Reuters that the options the Biden team are considering to punish Moscow include financial penalties and retaliation against Russian infrastructure.
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- Incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said on Sunday that President-elect Joe Biden's response to the massive data breach US officials believe was committed by Russia would go beyond sanctions.
RON KLAIN: It's not just sanctions, but also steps and things that we could do to reduce the ability of foreign actors to repeat this type of attack, or we are still involved in even more dangerous attacks.
- Klain said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that Biden was finding ways to crack down on the suspected Russian hackers who broke into half a dozen US government agencies and abandoned thousands of American companies in one of the apparently exposed areas The biggest such hack ever exposed. US Senator Mitt Romney sounded the alarm on Sunday, describing the incident as "extremely harmful". President Donald Trump has the "blind spot" quote on Russia. Trump first admitted hacking on Saturday but downplayed its importance and asked if the Russians were to blame. But Trump's own Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo said on Friday that Russia was responsible for the attack that Reuters first reported last week.
RON KLAIN: We should hear a clear and straightforward division of responsibility from the White House.
- People familiar with the matter told Reuters that the options considered by the Biden team to punish Moscow include financial sanctions and retaliatory measures against Russian infrastructure.
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