Spy chief: U.S. should use all tools to counter Russian hacking

Senators talk about economic and military options as retaliation for alleged Russian election hacking.

By Grant Gross
Jan. 6, 2017


McCain criticized President Barack Obama's administration for lacking a strong policy on cyberdeterrence. "It seems clear that our adversaries have reached a common conclusion that the reward for attacking America in cyberspace outweighs the risk," he said. "For years, cyberattacks on our nation have been met with indecision and inaction."

While Trump has questioned how intelligence agencies can attribute the election attacks to Russia, Senator Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, said the hackers didn't make a major effort to cover their tracks. 

"In this case ... detection and attribution were not so difficult, the implication being that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin may have wanted us to know what he had done, seeking only a level of plausible deniability," Reed said.

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