WATCH: White House blames companies for getting hacked by Russian cyber attackers

"First I would say these are private sector entities, who have a responsibility to put in place measures to protect their own cyber security," Psaki said.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked why there have been so many cyber attacks into American companies by Russian hackers. Psaki basically blamed the corporations for having been attacked.

On the JBS hack," Fox News' Peter Doocy asked, "these hackers based in Russia have disrupted American gas supplies and American meat supplies. Why do you think that these ransomware attacks have been rising since President Biden took office?"

"First I would say these are private sector entities, who have a responsibility to put in place measures to protect their own cyber security. As is relates to why criminal actors are taking action against private sector entities? I don't think I'm the right one to speak to that," Psaki replied.

"So it's a total coincidence..."

"I think you could go track down those cyber criminals in Russia and have a good chat with them," Psaki said.

"If you have any leads, we'll take that," Doocy said.

Later, when Psaki was again asked about the hack, she told a reporter "I'm not going to just be reading out Russia's view or role here, you can ask them those questions," Psaki said.

JBS is a large meat supplier that was hacked. "The company is not aware of any evidence at this time that any customer, supplier or employee data has been compromised or misused as a result of the situation," JBS said in a statement. "Resolution of the incident will take time, which may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers."

In recent months, US gas company Colonial was hacked, leading to a pipeline shut down and a spike in gas prices up the east coast. Colonial paid the ransom.


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