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Trump aide cuts his Europe trip short due to cyberattack on US

10:00, 16 December 2020
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Hacker attacks on several US government agencies have seriously alarmed the White House. According to Bloomberg, the national security adviser to US President Donald Trump, Robert O'Brien, cut short his diplomatic trip to Europe and returned to Washington due to this situation.

O'Brien 'is holding NSC meetings tonight and tomorrow morning and will convene a high-level interagency meeting this week,' National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot said.

Initially, O'Brien was set to return to the United States on Saturday. Until that time, he intended to visit several European countries. However, he could visit only Israel and France, but he had to cancel his visits to Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Great Britain.

The source recalls that a group of hackers attacked the US Treasury and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The White House is accusing Russia of being behind the cyberattacks without providing any evidence.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on accusations against Russia in connection with cyberattacks on American servers. He rejected these attacks and recalled that Russian President Vladimir Putin offered the American side to agree on cybersecurity cooperation. This initiative did not receive a response in the United States.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that, according to media information, the US Department of the Treasury was attacked, presumably by Russian hackers from the Cozy Bear group (APT29), which Washington considers to be associated with the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.