Langevin Lauds International Efforts to Stand Up to Russian Aggression in Cyberspace

Oct 4, 2018 Issues: Cybersecurity

WARWICK, RI – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the statement below regarding international efforts, including a Department of Justice indictment, identifying Russian Military Intelligence (GRU) agents as the perpetrators of numerous malicious activities in cyberspace. Langevin, a senior Member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, is also the co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and the Congressional Olympic & Paralympic Caucus, and he was recently appointed to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.

“I am heartened by the coordinated international effort over the past twenty-four hours to call out the GRU’s malicious cyber campaigns. Russia has long conducted destabilizing activities in cyberspace, most notably the release of the extremely damaging NotPetya malware and the attempts to interfere in the 2016 American elections. This is not the behavior of a responsible nation state, and Russia must be held to account for its disruptive and destructive cyber intrusions like the targeting of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The idea that attribution in cyberspace is impossible is a myth; rather, it takes leadership from elected officials with the courage to stand up to a reckless adversary. This coordinated effort sends a strong message that we are well aware of Putin’s thuggery in the cyber domain, and it must now be backed up with sanctions, economic or otherwise, to change his behavior. I thank our allies across the globe, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands, for joining this effort, and I congratulate the FBI and Justice Department for their investigative work that led to the seven indictments.”