Christopher Krebs, a former Department of Homeland Security official, called for increased government control over cryptocurrencies in an interview yesterday, saying anonymous payments pose a threat that “worries the average American.”

Late in the evening, in an interview with Bill Maher, Maher asked the former director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency what he thought of Bitcoin.

“What will happen to Bitcoin? Where do you see it?” Maher said, “Somewhere in your area, I see it destroying civilization, but maybe I am opposed to the thought.”

“Cryptocurrency, in my opinion, is one of the few factors that has allowed cybercriminals to distribute huge amounts of ransom money between our state and local agencies,” said Krebs. “These are anonymous payments, and the ability to pay anonymously. I think this is a cyber threat that worries the average American.”

Maher noted that 1,600 schools have been affected by the ransom program (citing a report by IBM) and Krebs added that there have also been attacks on “hospitals and government offices, I mean we have hit Baltimore twice, Atlanta.” North Mecklenburg Carolina, 23 counties in Texas, Louisiana, has been hit multiple times. ”

“And they just want money. It’s not a complicated thing, it’s not an ideology,” Maher replied, comparing – oddly enough – the ransomware attacks to the action in Die Hard. Nakasumi Tower “).

Krebs went on to caution that the “bad guys” would be wild if “there were no consequences.” He recommended “looking” at cryptocurrencies in wallets, pushing countries that cybercriminals consider home to combat illegal activities targeting the United States, and helping state and local governments improve their defenses.

The number of ransomware has increased in recent years and it is likely that it has contributed to the problem of the image in the cryptocurrency space. A recent poll showed that only 43% of respondents believed cryptocurrency to be an acceptable payment method, while another survey conducted in 2020 showed that 90% of respondents were “concerned” about the use of cryptocurrencies for money laundering.

Crebs, who rose to fame after being sacked by former President Donald Trump over Crips’ outspoken denial of election fraud conspiracy theories, may adapt his publicly stated views to public opinion in preparation for the campaign. The former official also put forward policy proposals such as investing in education and cyber-defense programs at the state and local levels.

Source: CoinTelegraph