Dear Fellow Survivalist;
As the whole world now knows, Russia has once again invaded Ukraine, in a blatant attempt at empire building. During their last excursion into Ukraine, they stole the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, along with 2.4 million citizens. Once again they are working on a false premise, just as they did that time. The big question is whether the world is going to let them get away with it. Ukraine isn’t a full member of NATO, so the countries of Western Europe aren’t obligated to help them, nor is the United States.
The bigger question for you and I, is how is this going to affect us? Are we going to see the war on our shores? Not likely; at least not in the way that we’re used to thinking about war. But the fact of the matter is, we’re already at war with Russia and have been for some time.
Remember the Colonial Pipeline hack and ransomware scandal of 2021? There is pretty solid evidence that the hackers in that case were Russian. Not Russian government hackers, but Russian nonetheless. Whether or not their work was sanctioned by the Russian government is something that has never been proven in the public sphere. But when then newly-minted president Biden asked for help from President Putin, he got a flat “No” in response.
Both Russia and China understand the idea of economic warfare, something that our country is a little late in learning. Their understanding comes from their communist teaching. If they can tie a country up economically, they can do whatever else they want, as the country’s hands are tied.
This is what I think is going on here in the US. It hasn’t been reported in the media, but there’s a lot of ransomware attacks doing on right now, shutting down a lot of American companies. I have an inside source in computer network security and he says that it’s happening all the time and that the perpetrator is pretty much always from Russia.
In other words, Russia is engaged in economic warfare against the United States right now; they’re just not admitting to it. So how does that affect you and I?
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was undertaken for one purpose only; to cripple the Pacific Fleet and keep the United States Navy from interfering with Japan’s goals of taking over the Far East. As strategies go, if was both effective and disastrous. For almost a year after the attack, the US military machine was unable to do much of anything in the Pacific. In that sense it was effective. But once that was year was over, we started our march on Japan, eventually defeating them.
There’s a strong possibility that Russia is using an adaptation of this strategy, trying to tie our hands, so that we don’t get involved in their war in the Ukraine. But they’re doing it much more subtly than the Japanese did; they’re trying to tie our hands financially to keep us busy and so that we’ll leave them alone.
Whether the hackers are operating at the bequest of the Russian government or with the tactic permission of the government really doesn’t matter. Either way, they’re not going to stop. Which means that they are going to keep attacking American companies and trying to shut them down.
So what does this mean to you and me?
It means that we can expect continued shortages, as those Russian hackers keep using ransomware to either shut down American companies or get huge amounts of money from them. This is, of course, in addition to all the other shortages that we’re dealing with.
Just yesterday we found that cream cheese, a rather mundane item in the grocery store, is on shortage because of a Russian ransomware attack. That’s the kind of things we can expect more of. The question right now is whether it will increase because of the war or not. We’ll just have to wait and see.
The thing about these ransomware attacks is that the malware is usually uploaded to the computers months or even years before the ransom demand is made. That prevents the target company’s IT department from just going to a backup. They don’t know how far back they have to go, to get to untainted information. So they’re trapped, as the hackers intend.
As far as I’m concerned, protecting my family takes more than a gun. It means protecting them from everything. That includes these shortages. I’m going to be doing whatever I can to make sure that we aren’t impacted by shortages in the stores and I recommend you do the same. If you don’t already have a good stockpile of food and other essentials, now’s a good time to get one.
A full food pantry is just about as good, for protecting your family, as keeping your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand; so make sure it’s ready too.