May 12, 2021 – On May 7, Colonial Pipeline, which is responsible for about 45% of the East Coast fuel supply, was hit with a crippling ransomware attack. The suspected culprit? DarkSide, a group of hackers thought to have roots in Eastern Europe.
An attack of this scale on U.S. critical infrastructure is unprecedented. Unprecedented, but not unexpected.
Cybersecurity experts have been ringing the alarm that a cyberattack of this kind was inevitable, that U.S. critical infrastructure was particularly vulnerable, and that the U.S. state and federal governments were unprepared to defend against imminent threats.
We’re joined by one of those very experts: Arthur House, former Cybersecurity Risk Officer for the State of Connecticut, Cybersecurity Policy Advisor to Connecticut’s Secretary of the State and Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut.