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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI)

Warwick, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and a senior member of the House Committees on Armed Services and Homeland Security, released the following statement regarding the indictment of six officers in the GRU (Russian military intelligence) for a series of cyber operations, including the release of the devastating NotPetya malware that caused billions of dollars in damages:

“Congratulations to the professionals at the Justice Department, the FBI, and the intelligence community for building a solid case clearly demonstrating Russia’s brazen violation of international norms in cyberspace. From NotPetya to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Russian hackers working directly for the Russian government have wreaked havoc on systems around the world causing billions of dollars in damage and destabilizing the cyber ecosystem. The Cyberspace Solarium Commission has made it clear that countries must follow norms of responsible state behavior or pay the price. We must continue to ramp up the pressure on Russia to rein in their disruptive actions and hold them accountable. As Assistant Attorney General John Demers said this afternoon: ‘No country has weaponized its cyber capabilities as maliciously and irresponsibly as Russia.’ The world needs to understand that Russia is not interested in promoting stability in cyberspace, and countries must take that into consideration as Russia pretends to negotiate on norms in good faith.”