Be Careful – Texas Under Threat of Cyberattacks from Russia
Threats against the great state of Texas do not sit well with me at all.
RUSSIA COULD BE PLANNING CYBERATTACKS
The Department of Homeland Security is advising people in Western nations that Russian hackers could launch cyberattacks aimed at organizations both big and small, and could target crucial infrastructure. They've done it before, and sometimes quite effectively. We all remember the big pipeline hack here in the U.S. last year, and officials worry more Russian cyberattacks could be in the works because of the negative economic impact on Russia since nations united to punish them financially for the invasion of Ukraine.
Energy companies and state regulators could be targets, but DHS is also advising leaders at both big and small businesses to make sure their cybersecurity is up to date. They've released a list of recommendations to help state and private entities prepare for potential trouble.
TEXAS NEEDS TO LOOK OUT FOR TEXAS
It's important that we take these threats seriously. With just about every service automated, connected, and accessible remotely, it's not impossible for bad agents to get in and cause serious disruptions. Even our electric and water services could be vulnerable. If you're a business owner, you should take these threats seriously as well. Ransomware can hold a business' sensitive information hostage and cost you thousands of dollars and cripple your operations for weeks or even months.
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