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Many in the media wanted to talk to Christopher Krebs, the nation’s former top cybersecurity officer, when he accused President Trump of unrestricted allegations of voter fraud.
But his name appears less frequently now that his former agency is being investigated in the wake of an apparent Russian cyber attack that began in March, but was only revealed publicly this week.
Krebs led the Cyberspecific and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) until Trump fired him in November. He called the 2020 election “the safest in American history” and said there was no evidence of votes being removed, deleted, lost or compromised.
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He gained a lot of media coverage for contradicting the president, who appeared through television news programs.
The PBS News Hour headline read, “Christopher Krebs defended electoral integrity. Trump fired him.” He even appeared on CBS’s “60 Minutes” in late November, where he was asked about his dismissal.
Although the former head of the CISA was also the head of the federal government’s cyberdefense operation, but was tasked with “securing the federal network” and “protecting critical infrastructure”, his name appears to be inferior to the breach. .
On Tuesday, CNN published an op-ed, in which they addressed electoral integrity and cybercity in general, but not the type of hacking that reveals the federal government under their watch.
“As I said in a news briefing, Election Day ‘was just another Tuesday on the Internet,” he wrote. “The usual type of scanning and investigation was taking place, but we did not see any successful attacks or disruptions.”
Yet the hackers were a weapon in the eyes of federal agencies. The intrusion, believed to have been conducted by the Russians, has compromised the departments of energy, state, defense, homeland security, treasury and commerce. His name did not figure in a CNN story published Thursday about CISA and the hack.
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The New York Times on Wednesday published an op-ed from former homeland security adviser Thomas Boster in which there was no mention of Krebs, though he heard CISA’s response to the hack as “tragically inadequate and too late.”
Krebs said on Twitter that he had “extreme confidence” in CISA’s ability to respond to the hack. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
“I’m sorry that I’m still not with them, but they know how to do it,” he wrote.
On Wednesday, Krebs testified in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, in which the hack was barely mentioned. And Russia’s foreign intelligence service, known as SVR, is believed to be behind the 2016 government’s hack of the new government and the withdrawal of the Democratic National Committee’s server.
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The Federal Cyberdens comes under the purview of the CISA, as part of the Department of Homeland Security. President Trump signed legislation establishing the agency in 2018 to make the Directorate of National Security and Programs a success. Krebs was its first director.
A few days before election day, Krebs posted a video to CISA’s YouTube channel predicting that while foreign artists may not possibly change vote totals or “hack” elections, they are still in the election process with rumors Will try to reduce public confidence.
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“It is not an exaggeration to make claims that increase the importance of insignificant events,” he urged American voters, abandoning the short-lived “Sharpgate” scandal. “Be prepared for efforts that question the legitimacy of elections.”
Globe Live Media’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.
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