Ex-Head of U.S. Cybersecurity Agency Who Claimed Election Was ‘Most Secure’ – Blindsided by Massive Russia Hack


Shortly after the presidential election in November, Christopher Krebs, then head of the Critical Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), responsible for protecting America’s most sensitive assets from cyberattacks, made an outrageous claim. In a statement, Krebs said that the 2020 presidential contest was “the most secure election in American history.”

President Trump was so offended that he quickly fired him.

Partisan critics and the media immediately turned Krebs into a hero and martyr.

But now the massive cyber hack critical of U.S. government infrastructure, by what appears to be the Russian foreign intelligence service, SVR, may be showing that Trump was right to fire Krebs.

Not only was Kerb’s assertion unprovable, but rarely do security or intelligence experts use such absolutist language. Not least because, well you can be proven wrong.

Still, Krebs never backed down, claiming in testimony before a Senate committee last Thursday, his strong confidence in the election process and pointing out there was “no evidence” of electronic ballot tampering by an outside entity.

“I am not aware of any … (voting) process that was accessed by a foreign adversary,”  Krebs testified.

Now, Krebs is singing a different tune. On Sunday in an interview on CNN, Krebs took responsibility for the highly sophisticated hack that penetrated the computer systems of a number of federal agencies, including the Pentagon, and scores of private companies.

This massive hack apparently blindsided Krebs and CISA, as well as most of the U.S. intelligence and security agencies.

“So, the way I look at it is, yes, it happened on my watch at CISA. And we missed it. A bunch of other folks missed it,” Krebs said on CNN.

Krebs added that he didn’t become aware of the hack that was launched in March until it became public last week. “This came out in the public after I was terminated,” he said.

President Trump has not blamed Krebs for the massive hack, but he may feel somewhat vindicated in firing him. Meanwhile, Trump has refused to admit that the devastating hack was perpetrated by Russia, claiming that China might have been behind it.

While we should never underestimate the communist Chinese intelligence services, almost all the evidence thus far points to the Russian SVR being behind the hack. Trump should publicly acknowledge that.

In this, Krebs is right as he was quoted by the New York Post: “Everything I have heard, whether it’s from private-sector cybersecurity threat intelligence experts, things I have heard out of Congress and the intelligence community, it’s Russia.”


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Ricky
Ricky
1 month ago

You know it would be nice if Democrats would actually use evidence to back their own stories. Is their sources from the same 50 intelligence officer that sign a statement supporting their claim last time about how secure the election was and we found out after about the security breach these same 50 didn’t even see the hack they was supposed to be protecting us against in the system for months. Yes media you are the laughingstock of America. Your lies and fake stories have hurt only yourself. Look at your pathetic ratings along with the polls showing how much trust anyone has in your stories.

fabian
fabian
1 month ago

Whomever did that, they just followed Mr. Pompeo’s protocol : I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we steal — stole (Speech @ Texas A&M Uni, last year).
Instead of bashing this whomever for a job well done, because that was one heck of a good job, we should be bashing the incompetents who sold us IT security that doesn’t work. And I don’t think it is the Russians. Because, that guy who was never wrong, McPain, said that Russia is just a big gas station. There are no IT specialists in gas stations.

Marina
Marina
1 month ago

Trump was right before and he will be again so the CCP is the likely culprit.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
1 month ago

The only reason they say it is Russia not China is because they have in their mind that Trump is in bed with Russia and OBiden is in bed with China.

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MikefromTexas
MikefromTexas
1 month ago

Your kidding, dems just lie, cheat, steal and bet bribed.

Camille Gilliam
1 month ago

Kreb’s obviously had not checked into the computer systems to see if there was a problem. He didn’t do his job.

Jim Pierce
Jim Pierce
30 days ago

Question, would Krebs have recognized integrity if it slapped him in the face? I think not in light of the devastating cyber attack that he never even saw coming!

Camille Gilliam
30 days ago

It sounds like it is time to do this, for our safety.


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