Why biological attacks are a looming threat to U.S.: Daschle, Ridge


The effects of the ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline and disrupted East Coast gasoline supplies have eased. But as frustrating as that cyberattack was to consumers and business operators, consider this: Much worse things could damage critical infrastructure. 

With terrorist groups and ill-meaning nation-states like Iran and Syria striving to disrupt our way of life, future attacks are likely to occur in more than one domain. On Thursday, Microsoft warned that the Russian-based group behind last year’s SolarWinds hack had launched a new campaign targeting 150 organizations, mostly in the United States.

The prolific hacker group, which Microsoft refers to as Nobelium and is widely believed to be run by Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, launched the current attacks after getting access to an email marketing service used by the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, according to Microsoft.



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