(NewsNation Now) – While Ukraine is recovering from another round of cyberattacks, an expert in the United States says that America can do little to prepare for such an organized attack.
ReachOut technology Founder and CEO Rick Jordan said the protections used by U.S. organizations do not guarantee them “anything.”
“We haven’t seen much of the potential of some of these nation-states,” Jordan told The Donlon Report on Wednesday. “And I feel that China is likely to diplomatically support this invasion, whether with tanks and guns, or with cyber warfare,” Jordan said.
Just last year, the White House issued an open letter to companies urging them to take extortion programs more seriously after a series of attacks by Russian hackers on the world’s largest meat supplier. JBS Foods. They paid the hackers $ 11 million. colonial pipeline, a key refinery company was shut down for several days, leading to long queues at gas stations in several states.
The violation in 2020 occurred in the Department of Homeland Security, Trade and Agriculture. In 2016, the National Committee of the Democratic Party was hacked, resulting in thousands of emails published on WikiLeaks.
However, they were just rogue agents – “state-sponsored criminals”, as Jordan describes them. What the U.S. may be up against might be much worse.
“I think satellites (represent) are probably one of the biggest sectors that can be attacked,” Jordan said. “Imagine that suddenly you will not be able to transfer funds or make a payment, or you will not be able to make a call just because the main satellite is turned off.”
So far, the attacks have not led to bloodshed, but last June Biden warned that a “real gunfight” with the “main force” could be the result of a significant cyber attack on the country.
February 12 Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a notice “Shields up.” for American organizations, encouraging everyone to “take a high position” because of plans for a Russian invasion.
“While there are currently no specific credible threats to the US homeland, we remember the Russian government’s ability to consider escalating its destabilizing actions in a way that could affect others outside of Ukraine,” CISA said.
Russia has twice carried out cyber attacks on Ukraine this month. On February 15, they attacked the Department of Defense and two banks using a distributed denial of service attack, or DDOS, that crashed their websites. On Wednesday, the country’s parliament and other banking sites were hit again.
“These cyberattacks are, in fact, a form of psychological warfare using technical means,” Jordan said. “It really just lowers the morale of all citizens of Ukraine.”