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g-f(2)276 The Big Picture of the Digital Age (5/15/2021), NYT, Pipeline Attack Yields Urgent Lessons About U.S. Cybersecurity.


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The hack underscored how vulnerable government and industry are to even basic assaults on computer networks.
  • Cybersecurity experts note that Colonial Pipeline would never have had to shut down its pipeline if it had more confidence in the separation between its business network and pipeline operations.
    • “There should absolutely be separation between data management and the actual operational technology,” Ms. Kiersten E. Todt, the managing director of the nonprofit Cyber Readiness Institute, said. “Not doing the basics is frankly inexcusable for a company that carries 45 percent of gas to the East Coast.”
  • It remains a mystery how Darkside first broke into Colonial’s business network. 
    • The privately held company has said virtually nothing about how the attack unfolded, at least in public. It waited four days before having any substantive discussions with the administration, an eternity during a cyberattack.

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  • The hack underscored how vulnerable government and industry are to even basic assaults on computer networks. 


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  • The hack underscored how vulnerable government and industry are to even basic assaults on computer networks.
    • Cybersecurity experts note that Colonial Pipeline would never have had to shut down its pipeline if it had more confidence in the separation between its business network and pipeline operations.
      • “There should absolutely be separation between data management and the actual operational technology,” Ms. Kiersten E. Todt, the managing director of the nonprofit Cyber Readiness Institute, said. “Not doing the basics is frankly inexcusable for a company that carries 45 percent of gas to the East Coast.”
    • It remains a mystery how Darkside first broke into Colonial’s business network. 
      • The privately held company has said virtually nothing about how the attack unfolded, at least in public. It waited four days before having any substantive discussions with the administration, an eternity during a cyberattack.

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  • The hack underscored how vulnerable government and industry are to even basic assaults on computer networks. 

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David E. Sanger

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David E. Sanger is a White House and national security correspondent, and a senior writer. In a 38-year reporting career for The New York Times, he has been on three teams that have won Pulitzer Prizes, most recently in 2017 for international reporting. His newest book, “The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age,’’ and an HBO documentary by the same title, examine the emergence of cyberconflict and its role in changing the nature of global power.

He is also the author of two Times best sellers on foreign policy and national security: “The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power,” published in 2009, and “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power,” published in 2012. For The Times, Mr. Sanger has served as Tokyo bureau chief, Washington economic correspondent, White House correspondent during the Clinton and Bush administrations, and chief Washington correspondent.


Nicole Perlroth


Nicole Perlroth covers cybersecurity and digital espionage for The New York Times. She has covered Russian hacks of nuclear plants, airports, and elections, North Korea's cyberattacks against movie studios, banks and hospitals, Iranian attacks on oil companies, banks and the Trump campaign and hundreds of Chinese cyberattacks, including a months-long hack of The Times. Her first book, “This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends,” about the global cyber arms race, will publish in February 2021. The book, and several of her Times articles, have been optioned for television.

A Bay Area native, Ms. Perlroth is a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford University. 


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