Biden to keep retaliatory options open regarding ransomware attacks


Deputy Director
Staff member
Ransomware attacks may be tolerated by the nation from where they originate, but they are not state-sponsored. Ransomware is about money, plain and simple. In the 20th century you robbed the local mini-mart with a gun. In the 21st century you rob a major corporation with a computer.

Systems going down and sustaining damage from a virus like Stuxnet is the result of cyberwarfare attacks between nation-states. With the occasional exception, that is how you tell the difference:

Somebody wants money to get your systems back up and running = criminal act.
Somebody wants to destroy your capability to make centrifuges = cyberwarefare attack.