Needs for infrastructure modernization and hardenings against “ransomware” are stark. Last week’s cyber attack by Russian gang DarkSide shut down Colonial Pipeline’s conduits from Texas to New Jersey, interrupting 2.5 million barrels daily flow of gasoline and other fuels. That’s 45% of East Coast supplies, more an annoyance than an obstacle but for predictable panic buying. Instigated by social media disinformation, people waited in gas lines to fill guzzler SUVs and pickups the way they hoarded toilet paper last year. DarkSide’s stated purpose is capitalistic, not ideological, interested only in extorting money, not “creating unrest.” Evidence Putin or other Russian officials outsourced the disruption hasn’t come to light. But that’s a veil of plausible denial much like Elizabeth I tacitly supporting Francis Drake’s conflicts with the Spanish as a privateer, even claiming New Albion (a.k.a. California) for England. Consumer…

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