David Kennedy, a former National Security Agency hacker, argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin is connected to the actions of DarkSide, the group allegedly behind the cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline.
The FBI on Monday mentioned DarkSide was behind the ransomware attack that pressured Colonial Pipeline to shut down roughly 5,500 miles of pipeline, main to a disruption of almost half of the nation's East Coast gas provide. Darkside has claimed it's not political and solely desires to earn a living with out inflicting issues for society.
The Russian embassy didn't instantly reply to a request for remark.
Kennedy informed CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" that he assumes Putin is having fun with the eye whereas inflicting points within the U.S. each from misinformation campaigns and cyberwarfare.
"We are seeing so much hostility coming from a cyber warfare campaign perspective, that it's almost difficult to even keep up with it," mentioned Kennedy.
Kennedy defined that he’s in favor of not paying the attackers when host Shepard Smith requested what the impression could be if the U.S. government required firms not to pay ransomware attackers.
"At the end of the day it could have drastic ramifications on businesses, but it would immediately shut off the revenue sources completely, and shut these ransomware groups down," Kennedy mentioned. "I'm a big advocate of that."
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