Ransomware attacks: How should the U.S. respond?

Posted on AllSides June 14th, 2021

Ransomware attacks are increasingly targeting companies’ computer systems, demanding money in exchange for returning access and data.

Last month, hackers breached Colonial Pipeline — which supplies 100 million gallons of fuel daily along a 5,500-mile pipeline — and gained access to its business networks. In response, Colonial shut down pipeline operations, which led to nearly a week of widespread fuel shortages along the East Coast.

The CEO of Colonial Pipeline testified before a Senate committee last week, explaining his decision to pay a multimillion-dollar ransom to regain access: “I made the decision...

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