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Will the US Be Able To Withstand Cyber Attacks On Critical Infrastructure? | GZERO World

Will the US be able to withstand cyber attacks on critical infrastructure?

The global cyber landscape has never seemed so dire. From Russian-backed ransomware attacks against America’s largest oil pipeline to the phone scammer who won’t leave you alone during dinner, we’re living in a brave new world. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to Jen Easterly, director of the US cybersecurity agency, tasked with defending the country from all cyber threats — foreign and domestic, who is optimistic about the state of America’s cyber defenses.

Easterly says the US has finally gotten serious on protecting itself from cyberattacks. But the federal government still needs cooperation from the private sector, which operates 80% of the critical infrastructure that serves our daily basic needs. When passed, the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act will require whoever operates critical infrastructure to report attacks coming from state and non-state actors.

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In the 1950s, "phreakers" whistled their ways into free long-distance calls. Steve Wozniak then improved on the scam, making enough cash to get Apple started along with Steve Jobs.

Many of today's hackers are also bored kids trying to beat the system and make a quick buck in the process. But they can also do more sinister things, Ian Bremmer tells GZERO World.

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200: Russian hackers launched a cyberattack Thursday against more than 200 government and corporate websites in Estonia, payback for removing a Soviet-era monument. The Baltic country, one of the loudest critics of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine, was hit in 2007 by a massive wave of cyberattacks after the relocation of a Red Army statue that knocked Estonia almost entirely offline, which Tallinn blamed on Moscow.

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Will the US Be Able to Withstand Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure? | GZERO World

Will the US be able to withstand cyber attacks on critical infrastructure?

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency was set up in 2018 to help protect America's critical infrastructure.

It might sound like a technical term, but CISA chief Jen Easterly explains that critical infrastructure is how we get water, power, gas — even food at the grocery store. And 80% of it is operated by the private sector.

So, how does the agency help businesses defend themselves from hackers?

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Hard Numbers: Chinese data hack, July 4 massacre, US Navy wants Iran tips, Uzbek unrest, Mali sanctions lifted

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Ukrainian flag displayed on a laptop and binary code code on a screen.

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Why hasn’t Ukraine suffered a debilitating Russian cyberattack?

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February fueled expectations it would launch a devastating campaign of cyberattacks against the neighboring country. Since 2014, state-run Russian cyber units, state-affiliated hackers, and independent cyber-criminal groups have frequently trained their sights on targets in Ukraine. They have, among other things, forced government websites offline, caused the largest-ever cyber-induced blackout of a nation’s power grid, and deployed the most destructive and costly malware to date. So, why hasn’t there been another such attack since the war began? We talked to Eurasia Group geotech analyst Sienna Tompkins to get some answers.

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Russian flag displayed on a laptop screen and Guy Fawkes mask.

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2,500: Hackers affiliated with Anonymous claim to have infiltrated 2,500 Russian and Belarusian sites, including government and media services. Trouble is, Putin likely views these hacktivists as agents of the West and critics warn that IT hits on critical infrastructure could, in turn, lead to Russian escalation.

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Join us live from the 2022 Munich Security Conference

Friday, February 18 at 11 am ET / 5 pm CET: Watch GZERO Media and Microsoft's live conversation from the 2022 Munich Security Conference.

As crises converge, our speakers will discuss emerging risks at the intersection of technology, policy and security: NATO's role and tools to defend democracy, the US role in global alliances, the rise of cyber threats and the need for cyber norms and stronger defenses.


  • David E. Sanger, White House and national security correspondent, The New York Times (moderator)
  • Ian Bremmer, President and Founder, Eurasia Group and GZERO Media
  • Benedikt Franke, Chief Executive Officer, Munich Security Conference
  • Mircea Geoană, Deputy Secretary General, NATO
  • Kersti Kaljulaid, former President of Estonia
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America
  • Brad Smith, President and Vice Chair, Microsoft

Event link: gzeromedia.com/globalstage

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