Trott Pushes for U.S.-Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Following Massive Global Cyberattack
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Dave Trott (MI-11) issued the following statement after another cyberattack, the second in six weeks, was launched on Ukraine’s government computers and critical infrastructure leading to a global outbreak affecting computers in 65 countries, including the United States:
“We cannot allow malicious cyberattacks to become the new normal – this is the 21st century battlefield. As a growing number of Americans rely on the internet – from asking directions to storing credit card and other personal information – we need to ensure our citizens are protected from nefarious actors. With global ramifications, working with our allies to enhance cyber defense, detection, and response networks is vital to safeguarding our national security in the modern era.”
Last month, North Korea launched the “WannaCry” ransomware attack which affected hundreds of thousands of people in over 150 countries.
Earlier this month, Rep. Trott co-sponsored the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act (H.R. 1997), which directs the Secretary of State to report on the status of United States cybersecurity cooperation with Ukraine, to seek new areas for collaboration and assistance, as well as pursue cooperation with regional partners and organizations. This legislation additionally requires the Secretary to provide Ukraine support in reducing reliance on Russian technology, necessary support to increase advanced security protection of Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, and assist Ukraine to build capacity, expand cybersecurity information sharing, and cooperate in international response efforts.