Biden to keep retaliatory options open regarding ransomware attacks

RiffRaff

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.
 
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