Biden mulls punishments for Russia over suspected role in government hack

President-elect will consider options for unprecedented attackWhat we know – and still don’t – about the cyber-attack

As Joe Biden weighed options to punish Russia for its suspected hacking of US government agencies and companies, one leading Republican accused Moscow of “acting with impunity” and others called for retaliatory strikes.

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