America’s old and weak infrastructure isn’t just a matter of politics. A years long failure to update America’s infrastructure has put us all in grave danger.
Having been victim to several cyberattacks from hackers, the U.S. must take immediate steps to protect its people from Russian attacks. Without stronger programs, hackers are able to get into infrastructure systems and shut off essential, such as water and electricity.
An article from MSNBC reported that last year, a hacker tapped into the water supply for the city of Oldsmar, Florida, and tried to poison it by upping the levels of sodium hydroxide. Months later, suspected Russian hackers shut down the Colonial Pipeline, the one of the largest pipelines for transporting refined oil in the United States. And I’ve yet to mention one of America’s most at-risk utilities — the internet — which we know is vulnerable to nefarious actors, including foreign adversaries like Russia, misusing it to spread misinformation on social networks.
The White House has said $2 billion from the bipartisan infrastructure bill Biden signed into law last year will go toward strengthening U.S. infrastructure against cyberattacks. But experts say in addition to the money, the U.S. needs a comprehensive, national plan to combat these attacks.
Both the infrastructure package and Biden’s separate Build Back Better spending proposal allocate funds and establish programs to protect U.S. infrastructure from cyberattacks foreign and domestic.