White House Warns Companies to Act Now on Ransomware Defenses An open letter urged them to take many of the defensive steps that the federal government requires of its agencies and contractors. US to give ransomware hacks similar priority as terrorism: ReportThe decision by the Department of Justice comes on the heels of the crippling Colonial Pipeline cyberattack. Justice Department to treat ransomware attacks with similar priority as terrorismThe new guidance comes in the wake of at least two high-profile ransomware attacks against major U.S. businesses. FBI director draws 'parallels' between ransomware attacks and 9/11FBI Director Christopher Wray is comparing the increasing ransomware hacks on critical U.S. companies to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. "There are a lot of parallels": FBI Director Wray compares ransomware threat to 9/11He called on Russia to stop harboring cyber criminals. FBI director sees ‘parallels’ between ransomware threat and 9/11Christopher Wray also revealed that the agency is investigating about 100 kinds of ransomware cyber-attacks White House urges private companies to better protect themselves from ransomware attacksIn an open letter, the National Security Council’s top cyber official sand said strengthening the nation’s resilience from resistance to cyberattacks is a top priority for President Biden. White House pushes for companies to take ransomware more seriously after high-profile cyberattacksThe White House has issued a rare open letter to companies calling on them to treat the threat of ransomware attacks with greater urgency, following back-to-back attacks by Russian hackers on key oil and food processing companies.