Sen. Bill Nelson says U.S. must strike back hard on cyber attacks
WASHINGTON - Sen. Bill Nelson wants to play a role in pushing the government to respond aggressively to cyberattacks.
“We’re going to hold our government accountable that if we get attacked, you just don’t sit on your hands and do nothing, you better let the bad guy know that he’s going to get hurt and he’s going to get hurt very badly,” the Florida Democrat said Thursday after the Armed Services Committee hearing on Russian hacking.
Nelson, up for re-election in 2018, has asked for a spot on a new subcommittee to address the issue. “I would expect that I will be one of the senior members of it, and as such, we’re going to investigate and investigate,” he told reporters.
Reminded that officials say a cyber attack may not be the best response, Nelson said:
“There should be a range of issues that we could use other than cyber, but I think we’re going to have to make it so painfully obvious that if they attack us, invade our country’s secrets, our personal lives, whatever their attack is, shutting down a regional utility company – whatever their attack is, they’ve got to understand that the consequence is going to be so painful on them that they will never do it in the first place.”