Another week, another series of almost incomprehensible fails from the Biden administration.
First, the so-called “world’s greatest economic team” projects that the president would follow through on his promise to “Build Back Better” and add a million new jobs. The truth in the jobs report was, America didn’t even crack 300k new jobs, and even worse yet, the unemployment rate grew to 6.1%.
Let us also not forget the border. Over about the last month, the Biden-loving media has seemed to give up on the issue and stopped talking about it, maybe in an effort to protect the administration from well-deserved criticism. But for millions of Americans living along the southwestern border, their everyday reality includes gang members, drug dealers, would-be terrorists, and other undesirables stalking their neighborhoods in large numbers, as they blend in among the millions entering the US illegally.
So, is the Biden administration actually good at anything? Well, one thing it certainly isn’t good at is providing America with decent enough cyber defenses to protect our fuel supply chain.
Perhaps the biggest story in America this week is the Colonial Pipeline cyber-attack, executed by Russia’s DarkSide ransomware hacking outfit. The attack successfully halted the supply chain for fuel along the eastern coast of the US and will drive up energy costs for at least the foreseeable future. More frighteningly, it also provided Americans with a sneak preview of what a future cyberwar would look like.
The Colonial attack occurred as the Justice Department had begun a 120-day review of critical cybersecurity threats. The review, announced just days ago by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, will look to examine the cyber threat from China and Russia, cryptocurrency cyber-attacks, and supply chain attacks similar to the SolarWinds attack. “We are launching this week, under my direction, a review of how the department is looking at exactly this set of challenges,” Monaco stated last week. “We want to bring forth actionable recommendations in a 120-day time frame on what can we be doing better, working with our partners across borders, to address these threats.”
Cryptocurrency hacking attacks have heated up recently and are part of the review because they have seen a dangerous evolution. Initially, cryptocurrency-themed attacks were limited to commandeering computers remotely in order to use them to mine cryptocurrency. More recently, hackers have advanced to where they can steal from digital wallets, or easily swipe victim’s cryptocurrency on computer clipboards while it sits to be pasted into a transaction.
All the while, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) still awaits confirmation of a new director. Jen Easterly, a former cybersecurity official at the National Security Agency was just nominated last month by Joe Biden. She experienced a tumultuous time while at the NSA, as the US saw a surge in international hacking attacks. During her years at the NSA, a secret map was released to the media that displayed almost “600 corporate, private or government victims of Chinese Cyber Espionage” that were attacked during a 5-year period. The cyberattacks affected “all sectors of the U.S economy, including major firms like Google and Lockheed Martin, as well as the U.S. government and military,” according to reports.
This recent Colonial DarkSide attack is likely the beginning of increased Chinese and Russian hacks. But this year, new attacks haven’t been limited to major corporations and government entities, as a flurry of recent attacks against Mac users, who for many years assumed that they were immune to cyberattacks on their platform, fell victim to a multitude on new Malware strains.
Joe Biden could not be doing worse. Economically, the country is in tatters. The border continues to be a mess. Cybersecurity readiness seems to be at an all-time low. The question many are asking is, “will America survive long enough to see a transfer in power back to the GOP?”
Julio Rivera is a business and political strategist, the Editorial Director for Reactionary Times, and a political commentator and columnist. His writing, which is focused on cybersecurity and politics, has been published by websites including Newsmax, Townhall, American Thinker and BizPacReview.
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