Russia’s cyber attack could take the US ‘back to the 19th century by targeting police, hospitals and local authorities to stir unrest’

One expert worries that a NGA cyberattack could be so debilitating that it could send America back to the 19th century, as hackers could target state police forces, hospitals and local government.

Cybersecurity expert Hugh Taylor, author of Digital Downfall: Technology, Cyberattacks and the End of the American Republic, told The Sun that Washington is in a “high state” amid fears of an attack. potential work.

Cybersecurity expert Hugh Taylor tells The Sun that Washington is in a'high state' amid fears of a potential Russian cyberattack

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Cybersecurity expert Hugh Taylor tells The Sun that Washington is in a ‘high state’ amid fears of a potential Russian cyberattackCredit: Getty
Experts speculate that hackers could target local police forces

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Experts speculate that hackers could target local police forcesCredit: Getty

The warning was issued just a few days later New York City was put on “high alert” as security officials feared Putin could retaliate against Western sanctions.

Taylor speculates that hackers could target state police forces, local governments and hospitals, assuming they are poorly protected.

The network security “It is possible that they may want to turn off emergency services to stir up political instability,” said the expert.

“This has not happened yet but you can see the possibility of bad actors, such as Russia problem solving. “

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He speculated that cybercriminals could use social engineering tactics, potentially leading to confrontation in the streets as social groups pit against each other.

And, geopolitics expert Brandon Weichert warns that depending on which organizations are targeted, a cyberattack could send the US back to the 19th century.order century.

He warned that Putin would escalate elsewhere if he felt that he could not achieve success on the battlefield Ukraine.

“Russia will not give up its mission in Ukraine as long as Putin is in power,” Weichert said. They will fight to the death.”

Cybersecurity expert Glenn S Gerstell warns of the possibility of Washington’s attack.

I said Guardians: “If we had approached this correctly 20 years ago, we would have been largely invulnerable to cyberattacks.

“But unfortunately that’s not the case.”

Gerstell, who served as a general adviser to the National Security Agency, does not believe Russia will “turn off the lights” but warns the private sector, in particular, is not prepared for attacks.

“The United States has responded and pushed back on cyber accountability by grafting it onto existing government agencies, making each agency accountable for its own domain,” he said.

Taylor warned that there was a “greater risk” that the conflict in Ukraine could trigger the world’s first cyberwar.

“People are worried that a piece of malware that is launched against a company or government agency will then make its way onto the internet and will begin to affect other entities, such as,” he warned. NotPetya ransomware attack.”

FEEL OF CYBER ATTACK

In June 2017, Petya malware targets websites of Ukrainian companies including banks, newspapers, and power companies.

Infections have been reported globally including France, US, UK and Australia.

Computer screens warn users that their files and systems will be destroyed if they don’t send the equivalent of $300 in bitcoins.

But cyber experts discovered that the ransom demands were a hoax.

Text expert Matthieu Suiche thinks the virus is fueled by political terrorism.

He wrote on Twitter: “Ransomware and hackers are becoming the scapegoat of national attackers. Petya is a wiper, not a ransomware.”

Last week, New York City has been placed on “extremely high alert” But police have found no credible threat so far.

John Miller, the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, said the threat to critical infrastructure in the city was “always high.”

‘HIGH WARNING’

Miller acknowledged there was a “high degree of threat” but said officials were prepared for it.

Taylor believes more cities across the US will raise their cyber alert status.

He claimed that politicians wanted to make a profile to warn Americans of the dire dangers of a cyberattack.

“I think they mean, ‘This is an important thing to watch out for,’ and they don’t want someone to then say, ‘Why didn’t you warn us?'” Taylor said.

When war broke out in Ukraine, Biden was said to have been presented with options to disrupt Russia’s military capabilities, according to NBC News.

Sources told the outlet that options include turning off the power, tampering with rail switches, as well as disrupting internet connections.

Our response will be harsh and measured, but not so severe as to encourage Putin to take more drastic steps, one official said.

Brandon Weichert warns that Russia will escalate elsewhere if Putin cannot win on the battlefield

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Brandon Weichert warns that Russia will escalate elsewhere if Putin cannot win on the battlefieldCredit: AFP
Biden is said to have been presented with options designed to disrupt Russia's military capabilities in the Ukraine crisis.

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Biden is said to have been presented with options designed to disrupt Russia’s military capabilities in the Ukraine crisis.Credit: AP

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