Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack highlights US vulnerability: Experts

The Colonial Pipeline ransomware incident raises new questions about why the U.S. is so vulnerable to such crippling strikes.

5/14/2021 8:44:00 AM

The Colonial Pipeline ransomware incident raises new questions about why the U.S. is so vulnerable to such crippling strikes.

The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack is just the latest in the past year of cyberattacks that have had detrimental impacts to the United States.

"It was inevitable that we would reach a point where one of these attacks would have significant economic damage," Dmitri Alperovitch, the executive chairman at Silverado Policy Accelerator and a former CTO of CrowdStrike, said.Hackers can successfully infiltrate a system's computer network and deploy malicious software to effectively seize control, holding hostage files or data until a ransom is paid.

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"Many of these ransom operations are more about extortion than ransomware where they will steal data -- typically emails -- and threaten their release and try to embarrass companies and hopefully find -- from their perspective -- find something that these companies will really want to keep quiet, whether it's intellectual property or information on customers," Alperovitch said,"and that would increase the likelihood of actually getting ransom."

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The boom in ransomware, he said, coincides with the boom in cryptocurrency."We have seen a huge explosion in ransomware cases in the last 10 years and really coincides with the development of cryptocurrency," he explained."Before we had cryptocurrency there was really no way that these criminal groups could get ransoms in a pseudo-anonymous way that wouldn't be tracked back to them. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have given them that opportunity."

Jim Langevin, a Rhode Island Democrat and founding member of U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission, told ABC News that proper funding is needed in order to further secure the nation from cyberattacks."We need to strengthen the system by properly funding system to develop their own inherent capabilities and expertise if a situation like this arises again," he explained.

Langevin called the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline one of the worst he's seen."It is absolutely a road map for enemies and adversaries to potentially carry out a devastating blow against our critical infrastructure and really damage not only our economy, but lead to injury or potentially loss of life," he explained."We are not prepared. We're not ready. We need to do more. We need to step up our game."

Jim Watson/AFP via Getty ImagesSignage delivers warnings at Colonial Pipeline Baltimore Delivery in Baltimore, May 10, 2021.He said public and private partnerships are needed."This is not a problem with respect to cybersecurity that government could solve on its own or that that private sector can solve on its own," he said."It's going to be more of a collaboration and a partnership, sharing intelligence, sharing relevant threat information. That's what's going to get us to stronger cybersecurity." headtopics.com

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Bossert agreed."We need far better technical controls. We need a much better integration operationally between security vendors, companies and the United States government, and we're going to need to be careful," he said."We need to start acting collectively together to achieve a result, otherwise we're all going to stand alone and fail all by ourselves. This is a collective problem, there are better technical solutions out there."

Biden's executive order mandates that companies that work directly with the federal government must immediately disclose a cyber breach to the federal government.MORE: Gas prices hit $3 a gallon for 1st time in nearly 7 years amid Colonial Pipeline saga

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for protecting the nation's cyber infrastructure.Acting CISA Director Brandon Wales laid out the agency's shortfalls before Congress this week, saying they boil down to funding and the not keeping pace with fast-evolving technology.

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Biden Asks Americans To Stop Panic-Buying Gas And Making Supply Issue Worse“Gasoline supply is coming back online,” he said of the Colonial Pipeline after a ransomware attack. “Panic-buying will only slow the process.”

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