During an interview on Fox Business, former President Donald Trump was asked about how the United States should respond to cyberattacks like the one that recently shut down the Colonial Pipeline. Trump suggested that the solution is to “stop using computers and to “go back to paper.” In his response, he also claimed that “young people can’t walk without computers.”
“The way you stop it is you go back to a much more old-fashioned form of accounting and things,” Trump told host Stuart Varney. “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.”
He added: “As a young person, my 15-year-old son is, you know, he’s just a genius with this stuff,” he added. “And you have people that are going to break into systems. I think you have to go back and you have to be much more reliant, there has to be much better security.”
Trump said he doesn’t understand how hackers get paid for ransomware cyberattacks.
“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.”
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