Russian Nobelium group carries out hack through USAID email

Colonial Pipeline was hacked by Russian-group DarkSide. 

Russian attack group Nobelium carries out U.S. hack 

By Rachel Brooks

May 28, 2021 

Russia appears to have attacked a system used by the USAID agency, The New York Times wrote on Friday. The Russian hackers launched a major cyberattack through the agency’s email system, see also CNBC. 

U.S. President Joe Biden is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland in a couple of weeks, USA Today. The hacking group has been identified by Microsoft as Nobelium and is believed to be the background behind the SolarWinds attacks, see The Independent

Cyber threat activity has heavily impacted the United States public, as with the attack on the Colonial pipeline. In the wake of the Colonial Pipeline attack by the Russian hacker group DarkSide, The Wall Street Journal reported that operators will be required to report cyberattacks. Operators will likewise be required to appoint a cybersecurity point person. 

At the same time, the Biden administration has likewise taken the stress from the American public for its upcoming meeting with the Russian president. The American public has questioned the Biden administration’s policies toward Russia, referring to the appointed meeting, still on schedule after the Nobelium attack, as “rewarding” Biden. 

“Putin imprisoned Alexei Navalny and his puppet Lukashenko hijacked a plane to get Roman Protasevich,” said Senator Ben Sasse, who is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

“Instead of treating Putin like a gangster who fears his people, we’re giving him his treasured Nord Stream 2 pipeline and legitimizing his actions with a summit. This is weak,” said Sasse, as he was quoted by CNBC. 

Speaking in a White House press summit, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on the event. 

“The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the U.S.-Russia relationship,” said Psaki, as she was quoted by CNBC. 

Biden seeks to “stabilize” the relationship between Russia and the United States, yet, he draws criticism for his apparent tolerance of Russian behaviors. He drew fire for recently waiving sanctions on the NordStream 2 pipeline, a gas project developed by Germany and Russia. While the Biden administration sanctioned some Russian entities, it waived sanctions on the German entity behind the project and its CEO Matthias Warnig, see Reuters. Warnig is a close personal association of Putin. The Biden administration argued that it had done this because the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is mostly complete. The administration expressed that it was opposed to the project, however, the American public questioned the action, which was in contrast to the Biden administration’s own energy policies.