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Expect More Attacks Like the Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack Under Sleepy Joe

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Welcome to Joe Biden’s backwards America. Is Leading from behind is the new #MAGA? Is Boy is the new Girl? Or is it the other way around? 

The world’s greatest economic team told us recently that the president would “Build Back Better” and add a cool million new American jobs. The truth is, we didn’t even crack 300k, and worse yet, the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.1%. 

And then, there is the border. Over the past couple of weeks, it seems that the media has just given up on the issue, or perhaps in an effort to shield the President from criticism, have stopped talking about it. But for those millions of families living along the US southern border, they still have to deal with the gang members, drug dealers, potential terrorists, and other undesirables walking through their neighborhoods in large numbers among the millions that will enter the US over the next few years. 

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So, what exactly is the Biden administration good at? Well, based on the recent news cycle, it certainly isn’t providing America with the necessary cyber defenses to protect the energy supply chain.

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Don’t believe me? Consider this past weekend’s Colonial Pipeline cyber-attack, that was executed by Russia’s DarkSide ransomware gang. The brazen attack not only successfully crippled the supply chain for fuel along the east coast, but it also will drive up energy costs for the foreseeable future. It also may have provided Americans with an early glimpse into what a future cyber war may look like. 

The weekend’s attack happened just as the DOJ was starting a 120-day review of critical cybersecurity threats. This much needed review, which was announced just a few days ago by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, will examine the Chinese and Russian cyber threat, cryptocurrency hacks, as well as major supply chain attacks similar to the SolarWinds hacking attack. “We are launching this week, under my direction, a review of how the department is looking at exactly this set of challenges,” Monaco said last week. “We want to bring forth actionable recommendations in a 120-day time frame on what can we be doing better, working with our partners across borders, to address these threats.”

Cryptocurrency attacks are a newer phenomenon and were added to the review because of the surge in digital currency themed hacks over the past few years. A few years back, hackers were limited to taking over computers remotely in order to use their power to mine cryptocurrency. Now, they have advanced to the point where they can enter digital wallets, or easily swipe cryptocurrency on computer clipboards waiting to be pasted into a transaction.

Meanwhile, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is still waiting to confirm a new director. Jen Easterly was nominated last month by the Biden administration and she was formerly a cybersecurity official at the National Security Agency (NSA). It was a tumultuous time while she was at NSA, as America saw a major surge in international cyberattacks. Additionally, during her time at the NSA, a map was released to the public that showed almost “600 corporate, private or government victims of Chinese Cyber Espionage” that had been attacked during a five-year period. These hacks touched “all sectors of the U.S economy, including major firms like Google and Lockheed Martin, as well as the U.S. government and military,” according to reports.

The Colonial DarkSide attack is probably just the beginning of more Russian and Chinese hacks. It’s already been a rough year for America in cyber security, as recent attacks against Mac users, who for years lived under the false belief that they were immune to hacks, saw new strains of malicious code be created specifically for their platform.  

Joe is failing spectacularly in every way. Economically, it can hardly get worse. The border is a mess. Cybersecurity is showing major weaknesses. The only hope to save the country may lie in a midterm election that is still over a year away. The only question is, can America survive long enough to get there? 

Julio Rivera is a business and political strategist, the Editorial Director for Reactionary Times, and a political commentator and columnist. His writing, which is focused on cybersecurity and politics, has been published by websites including Newsmax, Townhall, American Thinker and BizPacReview.

 

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The Posh Get Sloshed! Affluent Greenwich Village Overrun by Drunks and Drugs

Another Democrat-run city turns chaotic.

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There has been plenty of talk of late about the great liberal migration, in which cities like New York and San Fransisco are hemorrhaging citizens on account of Democratic policies. The policies often see crime and taxes spike simultaneously, which shouldn’t make sense at all.  If the government is getting more money, there should be less trouble, right? Wrong.  And even in the ritziest parts of some of these liberal cities, the situation is getting out of hand. New York City’s Greenwich Village is home to movie stars and other big-name celebrities – and lately, a host of crime and violence issues both inside a local park and on the neighborhood’s streets. Just Wednesday, the New York Police Department (NYPD) announced it was looking for a man who broke into a Greenwich Village apartment and rubbed his penis on a 10-year-old girl’s feet. The man is believed to have slipped into the apartment through a fire escape around 1 a.m. on June 11, police said. The girl awoke to find the man standing at the edge of her bed. And that’s not all: Locals also told the Post drug use has been more prominent than they’ve ever seen. “I know drugs have been in Washington Square Park for a long time, but I have never seen anything like this before,” neighborhood resident Jennifer Nyp told the news site. Ruth Wyatt, who has lived near the park for more than two decades, told the Post: “The situation in the park and its surroundings has gotten out of control.” At the beginning of June, the news of crime and rampant drug use inside the famed park prompted the NYPD to move the park’s midnight curfew up to 10 p.m. But chaos ensued between people within the park and police who arrived to…

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Kim Jong Un Threatens Military Battle with USA in Latest Rant

The predictable escalation received little response on the world’s stage, however.

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The unhinged nature of North Korea was on display again this week, as “Supreme” Leader Kim Jong Un began his nearly-predictable threats against the United States. Kim, and those who came before him, have long employed a strategy of raising a large fuss on the world stage to get attention, and then backing down from those inane threats only if they get something in return.  Often, the requests have to do with lifting sanctions or aid, as the tiny hermit kingdom is far from capable of even feeding its own people. And so, as was always going to happen, North Korea put on their war pants this week and started strutting around. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his government to be prepared for both dialogue and confrontation with the Biden administration — but more for confrontation, state media reported Friday, days after the United States and others urged the North to abandon its nuclear program and return to talks. Kim’s statement indicates he’ll likely push to strength his nuclear arsenal and increase pressure on Washington to give up what North Korea considers a hostile U.S. policy, though he’ll also prepare for talks to resume, some experts say. Why now? Earlier this week, leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations issued a statement calling for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and “the verifiable and irreversible abandonment” North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. They called on North Korea to engage and resume dialogue and respect human rights conditions. Sung Kim, the top U.S. official on North Korea, is to visit Seoul on Saturday for a trilateral meeting with South Korean and Japanese officials. His travel emphasizes the importance of the trilateral cooperation in working toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the State Department said Thursday. Kim…

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