United States warns of cyber threats
The US government says businesses need to do more to defend against cyber attacks. He urges them to take “critical steps” to keep operations going.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said business leaders have a responsibility to strengthen their cyber defenses and protect the American public and the economy.
The US Department of Justice has said it will start treating some cybercrimes the same way it does terrorist attacks. US officials suspect that some of those behind the attacks are operating from Russia. President Joe Biden has said he is “looking closely” at the issue.
In the latest attack, pirates broke into the systems of the Massachusetts Steamship Authority, which provides access to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Islands. Customers were unable to book their tickets online.
The company said the breach did not affect the safety of its vessels and the radar and GPS systems were functioning normally.
Last weekend, hackers broke into the servers of the world’s largest meat packing company, JBS. They forced the closure of processing plants in North America and Australia.
Last month, another group targeted the largest fuel pipeline in the United States. They disrupted operations and caused long lines at gas stations along the east coast.