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Does anybody remember the bluster Joe Biden emitted when he ‘confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin’ over Russian hacking at his June 16 Geneva summit? “I made it very clear to him that the United States expects, when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil even though it’s not sponsored by the state, we expect them to act if we give them enough information to act on who that is,” Biden told reporters. Tough, tough, tough. And as far as public knowledge goes, it’s not completely certain that the Russian state even organized the Russian criminal hacks. But they were held responsible, and were given “a raft of sanctions.” Now we see some even more disruptive hacking from China, the massive hack on the Microsoft Exchange email server software on Feb. 24, which opened the gates to hackers of all sorts getting into 30,000 U.S. businesses to steal passwords and conduct ransomware operations. What’s Joe Biden’s response? In a word, nothing. It puzzled even the Associated Press: Unlike in April, when public finger-pointing of Russian hacking was paired with a raft of sanctions against Moscow, the Biden administration did not announce any actions against Beijing.

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