Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is an original cosponsor of bipartisan legislation to impose strong sanctions against Russia to address cyberattacks
At this afternoon’s Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Russian interference, Klobuchar will raise the issue of cybersecurity and how to protect our critical infrastructure from foreign hacking
<span "="">WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today issued the following statement on the announcement that the Department of Justice is charging two Russian FSB officers for the hacking of Yahoo, which began in 2014 and affected at least 500 million Yahoo accounts, to gain access to the accounts of U.S. government and political figures. Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Countering Russian Hostilities Act, which would impose strong sanctions against Russia to address cyberattacks, human rights violations, and the illegal annexation of land in Ukraine and Georgia. At this afternoon’s Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Russian interference, Klobuchar will raise the issue of cybersecurity and how to protect our critical infrastructure from foreign hacking.
“Russian interference in our elections, our economy, and the personal lives of everyday Americans – like those impacted by the Yahoo hack – cannot be tolerated. We need to take action to send a clear message that there is a consequence when foreign agents hack into our networks. Passing our bipartisan sanctions bill will let the Kremlin know that Russian aggression will not go unchecked.”
In early January, Klobuchar introduced legislation with four other senators to create an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. Klobuchar was recently in Ukraine, the Baltic states, and Georgia to reinforce support for our Eastern European allies and to focus on mounting international cybersecurity threats. The bipartisan congressional delegation was led by Republican Senator John McCain from Arizona, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and also included Klobuchar and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Last month, Klobuchar, the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, led a group of 26 senators in calling for a full account of the Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) efforts to address Russian cybersecurity threats. Klobuchar has also urged the Administration to include U.S. election systems as part of our critical infrastructure.