In June of 2021, Joe Biden bragged about the fact that he had given Vladimir Putin a list of 16 entities that Russia must not hack and severely damage our infrastructure. That list included energy, water, health care, emergency, chemical, nuclear, communications, government, defense, food, commercial facilities, IT, transportation, dams, manufacturing, and financial services.
Now, I am just a poor dumb country boy having never lived in a big Democratic city. Why we were so backward, we would go to the bathroom to relieve ourselves and not to the nearest wall. But, don’t blame us, we just don’t know any better. But, somehow, I don’t think giving Putin that list was a good idea for two reasons. First, why tell him where they could hurt us the most and secondly, he may have given Putin the idea that everything else is fair game.
And to add a third item for you to consider is why would anyone in their right mind brag about giving Putin that list. Remember, I said anyone in their right mind. Dementia is a biotch.
“I talked about the proposition that certain critical infrastructure should be off limits to attack. Period. By cyber or any other means.”
“I gave [Putin] a list of 16 specific entities, 16 defined as critical infrastructure under US policy from the energy sector to our water systems.”
“We’ll find out whether we have a cybersecurity arrangement that begins to bring some order.”
Biden says he gave Putin a list of 16 areas of critical infrastructure that "should be off-limits" for cyberattacks, including the energy sector and water supply
He says they agreed to have experts in their countries "work on specific understandings about what's off-limits" pic.twitter.com/K8oKdAFZ2J
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 16, 2021
Can you imagine if, before a boxing match, one of the boxers told the other one that his glass jaw was off-limits? What do you suppose would happen?
“I looked at him. I said, ‘How would you feel if ransomware took on the pipelines from your oil fields?’ He said, ‘It would matter.’ This is not about just our self-interest.” the president said.
Biden refused to say if military action was on the table if Russia was found to be responsible for a ransomware attack.
“In terms of the red line you laid down is military response an option for a ransomware attack?” a reporter asked.
“Thank you very much,” Biden said as he abruptly tried to end the shorter-than-expected conference. “No, we didn’t talk about military response,” he said when pressed again.
Does Biden know that Russian hackers have been proven to be better than our own?