As President Joe Biden prepares to issue an executive order strengthening cybersecurity for federal agencies and contractors, the cyberhackers responsible for the ransomware attack on the East Coast pipeline said their primary goal is to “make money.”
Speaking at the Justice Department’s third annual cybersecurity symposium Thursday, Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers warned that U.S. adversaries are “ramping up online.” He singled out North Korea for its ability to cause international “disruptions.”
The new officials in charge of securing the nation’s cyber infrastructure take their posts in the aftermath of a GAO report that called for an overhaul of the faulty cybersecurity policies of the past administration.
More than a year after the SolarWinds hack connected to Russia exposed many government agencies’ Internet files, the Biden administration said it will sanction more than 30 Russian officials and entities, expel 10 diplomats from the United States, and set new restrictions on buying sovereign debt in response.
President Joe Biden is under considerable pressure to announce the American government’s response to the December, 2020 cyber attack allegedly perpetrated by Russian intelligence. But experts on hacking and government security told an online symposium that his options are limited.
Belgian, Dutch and French police said they hacked into the Sky ECC network, allowing them to look “over the shoulders” of crime bosses as they communicated with customized devices to plot drug deals and murders. Over 80 people have been arrested.