GAS HACKERS! Biden Would Rather Take The Cowards Way Out

Following the attack on the Colonial Pipeline via ransomware, An official with Biden’s White House who is the deputy adviser on national security for cyber and emerging technologies stated that private companies should just pay off the terrorist hackers ransomware demands. This goes against the current FBI policy that these companies should not do so. This statement has ignited the cybersecurity experts to harshly criticize the White House.

During a press conference this past Monday, Aamer Madhani, White House reporter for the Associated Press, asked the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technologies, Anne Neuberger, “Just to clarify something: Has Colonial paid any ransom? And has there been any advice on that?”

Neuberger retorted, “We recognize that victims of cyberattacks often face a very difficult situation. And they have to just balance off, in the cost-benefit, when they have no choice with regard to paying a ransom. Colonial is a private company, and we’ll defer information regarding their decision on paying a ransom to them.”

Madhani pressed her, “Did you — would the administration offer any advice on whether or not to pay a ransom?”

“So, typically, that is a private-sector decision, and the administration has not offered further advice at this time,” Neuberger responded. “Given the rise in ransomware, that is one area we’re definitely looking at now to say, ‘What should be the government’s approach to ransomware actors and to ransoms overall?'”

On its website, the FBI stated, “The FBI does not support paying a ransom in response to a ransomware attack. Paying a ransom doesn’t guarantee you or your organization will get any data back. It also encourages perpetrators to target more victims and offers an incentive for others to get involved in this type of illegal activity.”

In a statement to the Daily Mail, James Knight of Digital Warfare Corp. stated “I think it is incredibly foolish that they even suggested it. It may be something that has to be done in practice – but to say it live was ridiculous. Absolute stupidity.”

The national security expert at the Heritage Foundation, Jim Carafano, criticized the Biden admin harshly saying he was “gobsmacked” by Neuberger’s remarks. “This is a very risk-averse administration that doesn’t want to get deeply bogged down in a lot of things that distract from its domestic agenda,” Carafano exclaimed. “For them to take ownership of this pipeline issue would make it their problem. It is more convenient for them to push it back on the company.”

On Monday, Neuberger stated, “The FBI identified the ransomware as the DarkSide variant, which they’ve been investigating since October of last year. It’s a ransomware as a service variant, where criminal affiliates conduct attacks and then share the proceeds with the ransomware developers. … [W]e’re pursuing greater international cooperation — ransomware affects countries around the world — to address ransomware because transnational criminals are most often the perpetrators of these crimes and they often leverage global infrastructure and global money-laundering networks.”

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