President Barack Obama has called for a "full review" of cyberattacks affecting the 2016 election — taking action to push back on what his administration has warned is a rapidly growing threat to U.S. democracy.
Lisa Monaco, a White House homeland security adviser, rolled out the plan Friday at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.
Congressional Democrats have been pushing for a review into electronic election interference including the posting of Democrats' private emails, which Obama's administration says was perpetrated by hackers in Russia.
Politico reported that President-elect Donald Trump has disputed Obama's claims that the hacking originated in Russia — so it's likely that his incoming administration will take a different approach to dealing with the hostile actors trying to meddle in U.S. elections:
At Friday’s event, Monaco struck an ominous tone about internet-related dangers, calling them among the most significant national security issues facing the new administration. [Trump’s] team will "inherit a rapidly growing threat in this space across all dimensions," she said, including intrusions from both "hacktivists" and "criminal actors."
Trump, however, has repeatedly rejected the intelligence community’s conclusion about the election-related cyberattacks, arguing that the allegations were politically motivated.
The president-elect’s ongoing denial of Russian involvement may have, in part, spurred Obama to act. Administration officials told NBC News that “Obama is concerned that Russia will go unpunished for the behavior unless he acts.”