Just weeks after a large American oil pipeline was hit by hackers, a cyber attack hit the world’s largest meat supplier. What now? Will these criminals attack hospitals and faculties? Will they start policing US cities, governments, and even the army?
In fact, all of them have already been infected with ransomware. While the onslaught we noticed last month feels new, hackers holding vendors hostage and soliciting money have been big corporations for years. Dozens of American cities have been ransomed while hospitals have been attacked even in the depths of the pandemic. And in 2019 the focus was on the US Army. However, that does not mean that what we are seeing now is just a matter of consciousness. What is completely different now?
It is the result of inaction
You cannot clear the metastasis of the ransomware disaster without examining years of American inactivity. The global ransomware disaster reached unbelievable proportions during Donald Trump’s presidency. Even when major infrastructures, cities and oil pipelines within the US were hit, the Trump administration did little to resolve the problem, and it has been ignored by most of the people.
The ransomware growth began at the end of Obama’s White Home, which approached him as part of his collective response to cybercrime. It required brokers deployed around the world to achieve tactical victories in nations that otherwise weren’t cooperative, but defending against such attacks was a priority under Trump while ransomware itself was booming.
As we speak, the Biden authorities are making an unprecedented effort to deal with the problem. The White House has stated that the hackers behind the Colonial Pipeline and JBS ransomware attacks are primarily based in Russia and currently with the involvement of Homeland Safety and the Department of Justice on the 16th as just the link between two nations.
It is also the result of new paths
When the ransomware trade was on the rise half a decade ago, the corporate figure for such attacks was radically different – and far less complicated. Gangs of ransomware began indiscriminately infecting vulnerable machines without caring exactly what they were doing or who they were focusing on.
As we speak here, the operations are much more refined and the payouts are greatly increased. Ransomware gangs are actually paying specialized hackers to “hunt down big sports” and look for huge targets that may pay high ransoms. The hackers promote access to the gangs, which then carry out the extortion. Everyone seems to be paid so well that it becomes more and more irresistible – mostly because the gangs don’t usually have any penalties.
There is a safe haven for criminals
This gives rise to the following dimension of the topic: The hackers work from nations where they evade law enforcement. They run huge crimes empires and remain successfully resistant to any attempt to involve them. Biden Putin will show this in the coming weeks.
The problem extends beyond Russia, and to be clear, it is not as simple as Moscow guides hackers. However, the Kremlin’s tolerance of cyber criminals – and usually even direct cooperation with them – is a major contributor to the booming crime. To change this, America and various nations should work collectively to confront nations that see no harm in any other case with US hospitals and pipelines for ransom. The sheltered haven for cyber criminals mixed with the largely unregulated cryptocurrency used to facilitate crime has made it very inexpensive for the hackers.
And we are all more connected and more insecure than ever
After that, there’s the inevitable undeniable fact that weak cybersecurity mixed with ubiquitous connectivity are increasingly vulnerable targets. Every part of America – from our factories to our hospitals – is connected to the Internet, but much of it is not adequately secured.
Globally, the free market has repeatedly failed to solve a number of the world’s largest cybersecurity problems. As a result of the ransomware disaster, this can be a problem on a scale that no private sector can solve on its own.
As ransomware and cybercrime become a national security risk – and with the potential to harm people like hospitals – it is becoming clear that a government application is required. And up to this point the officers of what are essentially the most powerful nations on earth have succeeded above all in observing the catastrophe.
What must be done as an alternative is a global partnership between nations and companies to fight ransomware immediately. There could be a momentum to change the established order, along with an essential White House cybersecurity policy. But the work is only just beginning.