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Adam Schiff. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday that the United States should "go more on offense" to prevent cyberattacks.

Why it matters: Cyber security is in the spotlight after the recent ransomware attack on America's Colonial Pipeline by Russia-based cybercrime group Darkside.

  • Cyber attacks were also a significant point of focus during this year's G7 as well as President Biden's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Fiona Hill, the former National Security Council official for Russian and European affairs under President Trump, said on Sunday that it will be critical to see whether the Biden-Putin summit results in "serious cyber talks," Politico reports.

The big picture: Schiff said that while U.S. intelligence on cyberattacks is good, "it's not predictive." He also added that many hacking groups have a "synergistic" relationship with their governments.

  • "We do have to go more on offense. And I think that means that when we identify cyber groups that are working in conjunction with foreign states, that we treat them as an arm of the state and that we use our cyber capability to destroy or disrupt the infrastructure they're using to raid whatever funds they're accumulating from these attacks," Schiff said.
  • "We need to develop an international rule of the road where if a nation doesn't take action against cyber groups operating on its soil, we hold that nation responsible, which means we sanction that nation, which means we use that nation's resources to indemnify against any losses," he added.

Schiff also voiced skepticism about Putin's denial that Russia was behind cyberattacks against U.S. interests.

  • He said it wasn't credible for Putin to "suggest that even if he knew they were operating on his soil, that he was powerless to do something about it."

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EU warns Russia not to allow cyberattacks ahead of German elections

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and European Union high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Josep Borrell. Photo: Russian Foreign Ministry/TASS via Getty Images

The European Union warned Russia in a statement on Friday not to allow hackers to attack databases or spread disinformation as Germany holds its parliamentary elections this weekend.

Why it matters: German security officials said there was a cyberattack at the Federal Statistical Office, the office which oversees the German election, per the Associated Press. Russian cyberattacks targeted the 2020 U.S. Presidential election last year, and tried to sow distrust in U.S. election results, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Rep. Schiff: "Criminal contempt" possible for Jan. 6 committee witnesses who refuse to testify

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) speaking in the Capitol on Sept. 21. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The select committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol riot will likely use the Department of Justice to enforce subpoenas for testimony from former Trump officials, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a select committee member, told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

Why it matters: House committees struggled to force members of the Trump administration to comply with subpoenas — most notably former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn.

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Homicides rose at the fastest rate in at least six decades last year. This Axios AM Deep Dive, led by Future correspondent Bryan Walsh, looks at the state of gun crime.