A top U.S. official is warning that recent major ransomware attacks against the United States under President Joe Biden are likely to continue as the attackers become “more brazen.”
The remarks from Chris Butera, head of Threat Hunting for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), come after the oil and meat industries have recently been hit hard by the cyberattacks that officials believe are coming from Russia.
“The ransomware actors have become more brazen,” Butera said. “They’ve started to exfiltrate data and try to extort payments.”
Butera said he expects to “continue to see” the ransomware attacks happen and he urged companies not to pay the ransoms, which is the U.S. government’s official position.
Major ransomware attacks have occurred recently against companies in the oil and gas industry, the insurance industry, the transportation industry, and the meat industry. The ransomware attacks followed a massive cyberattack against the U.S., again believed to be from Russia, that infiltrated more than 250 federal agencies.