Contradicting Trump, US justice chief blames Russia for hack

US Attorney General Bill Barr says that Russia is behind the massive hack of US government computer systems, contradicting President Donald Trump’s suggestion that China could be involved.

Two days after Trump downplayed what intelligence experts have called the most devastating break in US computer security in years, Barr says he agrees with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s attributing the hack to Moscow.

“From the information I have, I agree with Secretary Pompeo’s assessment. It certainly appears to be the Russians,” he says, declining to add any details.

Last week, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said US government agencies, critical infrastructure entities, and private sector organizations had been exposed in the months-long cyberattack, in which hackers broke through a widely used piece of security software created by the US company SolarWinds.

Officials are still combing their systems to see what kind of information could have been stolen — including possibly from US spy agencies — and whether they are still vulnerable.