Chairman Nadler initially objects to entering contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop into official record, but later allows it while FBI official says that there was ‘no swap or concession’ in convicted Russian hacker Aleksei Burkov’s release in 2021: hearing
On the heels of US President Joe Biden’s warning of a Russian cyberattack on America’s critical infrastructure, the assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division testifies “there are compromises against some” of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors considered to be “off-limits.”
In June, 2021, President Biden told reporters he gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a list of 16 critical infrastructure sectors that were “off-limits” to cyberattacks.
Today, Bryan Vorndran, Assistant Director at the FBI’s Cyber Division, testified before the House Judiciary Committee that there were compromises against some of those 16 critical infrastructure sectors.
However, the FBI official wouldn’t identify which sectors had compromises, nor could he answer whether the compromises came from Russia or some other entity, nor could he speak to the extent of the compromises.
Also in today’s “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cyber Division” hearing:
- Rep Matt Gaetz entered content from Hunter Biden’s laptop into the official record
- Chairman Jerry Nadler initially objected to Gaetz’s request “pending further investigation,” but later allowed it
- Witness from the FBI testified there were no “swaps or concessions” made for convicted
- Russian hacker Aleksei Burkov’s deportation to Moscow in 2021
When asked by Representative Andy Biggs if there had been “any cybersecurity attacks or breaches” on the list of 16 critical infrastructure sectors given to Putin, Vorndran at first testified that he didn’t know the answer.
However, he backtracked moments later, recalling, “There are compromises against some of those 16 critical infrastructure sectors that you mentioned — I can’t speak specifically to which ones.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Tuesday grilled the FBI’s assistant head of the cyber division Bryan Vorndran in front of the House Judiciary Committee over the massive developing scandal taking place on his agency’s watch.
GAETZ: So, where is it? The laptop.
VORNDRAN: Sir, I’m not here to talk about the laptop. I’m here to talk about the FBI cyber program.
GAETZ: You are the assistant director of FBI cyber. I want to know where Hunter Biden’s laptop is. Where is it?
VORNDRAN: Sir? I don’t know. That answer.
GAETZ: That is astonishing to me is. Has FBI cyber assessed whether or not Hunter Biden’s laptop could be a point of vulnerability allowing America’s enemies to hurt our country?
VORNDRAN: Sir, the FBI cyber program is based off of what’s codified in Title 18, or Title 18 Section 1030, a code, which talks about computer intrusions, right? Using nefarious intent network.
GAETZ: You talked about passwords here. I mean, Hunter Biden’s password on his laptop was HUNTER02. He drops it off at a repair store. I’m holding the receipt from Mac’s computer repair, where in December 2019, they turned over this laptop to the FBI. And what now you’re telling me right here is that as the assistant director of FBI cyber, you don’t know where this is after it was turned over to you three years ago?
VORNDRAN: Yes, sir. That’s an accurate statement.
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