Thursday, May 13, 2021

(UPDATED) Newt Gingrich Calls for Killing Anyone Behind Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack; EXPERTS: After Colonial Pipeline Shutdown, Hacker Group 'Darkside is Just Getting Started,' and related stories

Associated Press
Newt Gingrich calls for killing anyone behind Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called the cyberattack suffered by the Colonial Pipeline Company “an act of war” and said the U.S. should respond by killing whoever was responsible for it.
“We ought to pass a law immediately that makes this kind of hacking subject to a death penalty, and the law should include a provision that the president, through a judicial process, should be able to order the killing of anybody overseas who’s doing this,” Mr. Gingrich, a Republican, said Monday on Fox News while speaking about the ransomware attack that recently disrupted the Colonial Pipeline system.
Mr. Gingrich, 77, who presided over the House during the Clinton administration, suggested others will feel similarly if the attack on Colonial leads to lingering disruptions.
“You get two or three weeks of the Northeast losing 45% of its oil and gas, and the American people are going to say, enough of this baloney, we want this country protected, we want it to be effective, we want it to be immediate and we are going to fire anybody who doesn’t get in line,” Mr. Gingrich said. --->READ MORE HERE
After Colonial Pipeline shutdown, hacker group 'Darkside is just getting started,' experts say
Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the United States is under attack. The pipeline stretches from Houston to New Jersey and usually transports more than 100 million gallons of fuel a day.
On Friday, the pipeline was forced to shut down after a gang of hackers known as Darkside broke into some of its networks.
The pipeline transports 45% of the fuel along the East Coast, reaching over 50 million Americans and now it’s in jeopardy.
The CEO of a Prevaillon, Karim Hijazi, runs a security intelligence agency that infiltrates hacker communities every day. Hijazi said Darkside is just getting started.
"The fact that they came into the environment, they looked around and took the time to figure out where they were, they stole information beyond just simply ransomware, it was sort of a double extortion attack. It really is unprecedented," Hijazi said.
The FBI released a statement confirming that Darkside is responsible for the hacking at the pipeline. --->READ MORE HERE
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(UPDATE) Colonial Pipeline restarts operations: NOW go after the SLIME that caused this and charge them with a CAPITAL CRIME 

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