How The Biden Administration Is Confronting A Surge In Cyberattacks

Updated: 2021-06-09 12:03:26
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An out of service bag covers a pump handle at a gas station May 12 in Fayetteville, N.C., following the Colonial Pipeline hack.

An out of service bag covers a pump handle at a gas station May 12 in Fayetteville, N.C., following the Colonial Pipeline hack.

Cyberattackers have recently targeted a crucial fuel pipeline, a global meat distributor and a water treatment plant. The Biden administration likens the surge in cyberattacks to terrorism — and says they plan to treat it like a national security threat. NPR National Security Correspondent Greg Myre details the administration's plans.

When businesses are targeted by ransomware, someone like Bill Siegel steps in to help companies figure out if they have any options but to pay up. Siegel runs Coveware, a company that responds to ransomware attacks and often negotiates with hackers. He spoke to NPR's Rachel Martin.

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