Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that U.S. adversaries have the capability to shut down the power grid, saying they are "trying even as we speak."
Why it matters: Granholm's warning comes as the public and private sectors are dealing with how to confront cyber threats after recent ransomware attacks on Colonial Pipeline, a major U.S. fuel pipeline, and JBS USA, a top meat supplier.
The big picture: Ransomware has recently become a "global pandemic" thanks to the rise of a profitable industry around it, writes Axios' Scott Rosenberg.
What they're saying: "The first thing we have to recognize is this is the reality, and we should assume — and businesses should assume, that these attacks are here to stay and if anything intensify," Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told ABC's "This Week".
Go deeper: Ransomware business achieves critical mass