It’s fair to say at this point that President Donald Trump has never once had a fair shake from most of the mainstream media and a recent, massive attack on the U.S. government’s cyber infrastructure once again proved that.
Trump was slammed by the media after firing the former head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Christopher Krebs, after he insisted that America’s voting systems were totally secure. But in the wake of a massive hack launched against some of America’s most critical cyber systems under Krebs’ watch, the media has seemingly gone silent.
Krebs spent weeks on the mainstream media circuit reassuring Americans that the 2020 election was “the most secure in American history,” immediately dismissing that anything could have possibly gone wrong. That may even be an accurate statement to some degree, but what was happening in the background, under his direct watch, is what’s now being heavily scrutinized.
A Russian-based hack on a number of sensitive U.S. government networks, which included the networks of the Departments of Homeland Security, Treasury and Commerce, Energy and others went unnoticed for the better part of 2020, with the hack reportedly beginning as early as March.
During that time frame, Krebs was tasked with “securing federal networks” along with “protecting critical infrastructure.” It’s clear at this point that Trump was well within his rights to fire Krebs, as he obviously failed — monumentally — at doing his job.
Not surprisingly, in the wake of the announcement of the potentially devastating hack, a bulk of the mainstream media networks and newspapers have barely mentioned the former CISA chief.
According to The Hill, Trump downplayed the Russian angle of the developing story but also suggested that the hack proves that America’s voting machines could have theoretically been a target of the hackers.
“There could also have been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election, which is now obvious that I won big, making it an even more corrupted embarrassment for the USA,” Trump tweeted.
While it’s not yet clear exactly what the hackers behind the massive breach were able to steal, what is clear is that Trump is more than vindicated in his firing of Krebs, who obviously dropped the ball during his time as the CISA director.