When these attacks become so large, at some point this will be seen a declaration of war, no different than bombing a country’s infrastructure:

The hacker gang behind an international crime spree that played out over the Fourth of July weekend say they’ve locked more than a million individual devices and are demanding $70 million in bitcoin to set them all free in one swoop.

The gang, the Russia-connected REvil, is best known for previously hacking JBS, one of the world’s largest meat suppliers, and briefly halting its operations across much of North America. But this attack’s potential scope is unprecedented, according to some cybersecurity experts.

Source: Hackers behind holiday crime spree demand $70 million, say they locked 1 million devices

By EdwardM