Trump’s Solution To Cyberattacks: Stop Using Computers
Paper. That’s Donald Trump’s solution for stopping cyberattacks. During a phone-in appearance with Stuart Varney on Fox Business Monday morning, Trump went full crazy uncle when the host asked the twice-impeached, one-term former president his thoughts on cyberattacks that recently have disrupted gasoline and meat supplies in the United States.
First, according to Trump, the cyberattacks are occurring because of a lack of respect – not because criminals are seeking to extort millions of dollars from their targets. “They only started in a big fashion recently during the Biden administration,” Trump opined, “because they don’t respect our country any more and they don’t respect our president.”
Noting that Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says ransomware cyberattacks “are here to stay,” Varney asked Trump how the United States could stop the sophisticated technology-based crimes. Trump’s answer was that the world should just stop using computers.
“The way you stop it is you go back to a much more old-fashioned form of accounting and things,” Trump said. “You know, I have a son who is so good with computers. He’s a young person and he can make these things sing and when you put everything on internet and on all of these machines — you never see a piece of paper — I really think that you have to go back to a different form of accounting, a different form of compiling information.”
Trump, who’s used to paying people like Stormy Daniels with physical, paper checks, also was mystified about how cyber criminals collect their loot.
“I don’t know how the hell they get paid, by the way, Stuart,” he commented. “You’re going to have to explain that to me.”
“They get paid through Bitcoin,” Varney laughed.
“That’s another beauty,” Trump complained. “The currency of this world should be the dollar. And I don’t think we should have all of the Bitcoins of the world out there. I think they should regulate them very, very high.”
You can watch the entire interview here.