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Biden Could Use Obama-Era Tools To Counter ​​​​​​​Sprawling Hack

By Ben Kochman (December 17, 2020, 8:42 PM EST) -- President-elect Joe Biden, who vowed Thursday to respond to a cyber espionage campaign that has breached U.S. federal agencies and that officials say poses a "grave" risk to businesses, may dip into a deterrence toolbox developed under President Barack Obama, former government attorneys say.

In a statement, Biden pledged to work "from the moment we take office" to deal with a series of hacks that federal officials believe were carried out by a single, organized group backed by a foreign state. Confirmed targets to date include the U.S. Departments of Homeland of Security, Commerce and Treasury.

"As president, I will not stand idly by in...

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