Another hack, more pain for consumers
It’s just a few weeks since we saw gasoline prices spike and rationing due to a cyber attack of a leading underground gasoline pipeline in the United States that shut the system down for about a week.
Now we’re talking about one of the country’s leading meat producers being hit by hackers.
No doubt we’ll now see meat prices go even higher following a reported 20% increase just in the last 6 weeks due to worker shortages.
What critical part of our lives will be seriously impacted by internet criminals?
Let’s get up to date: This week JBS USA, part of JBS Foods and one of the world’s largest food companies with operations in 15 countries and literally millions of customers, reported that a cyber attack affected servers supporting its IT systems in North America and Australia,
It was unclear who carried out the cyber attack. JBS said it is working with an incident response firm to restore its systems as soon as possible.
The attack comes a few weeks after a cyber attack targeted Colonial Pipeline, which forced a six-day shutdown of one of the United States’ largest fuel pipelines. The pipeline has since returned to normal operations.
Later in May, Microsoft said it believed the hackers responsible for last year’s SolarWinds attack targeted 3,000 email accounts at various organizations — most of which were in the United States.
Counter-attacks against these criminals — which we surely should do — should not and cannot be the only solution here, however.
If that’s the case, we’re just another hack away from chaos.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security employs a Computer Emergency Readiness Team that provides response support and defense against cyber attacks for the Federal Civilian Executive Branch (.gov) networks. US-CERT also collaborates and shares information with state and local government, industry, and international partners to address cyber threats and develop effective security responses.
OK, so our federal government has and is trying to fight these battles.
As has been reported, the cyberworld landscape is shifting.
Hackers are no longer disgruntled teenagers breaking into organizations for kicks. They’re part of fully fledged crime gangs and nation-state campaigns, equipped with sophisticated products, even help desks to instruct their victims on how to make payments.
Critical U.S. infrastructure, health-care systems and private businesses are vulnerable, not to mention computer users with internet.
What’s the solution?
Is there a solution?
We’d love, frankly, to see less internet.
But that’s not where our world is going.
Indeed, we’re becoming more internet-dependent.