Ohio politicians must support our Ukrainian diaspora and undertake measures to defund Russia and deny cyberattack targets in Ohio. As a retired US diplomat, I took pride in our role in ending the Cold War. We erred in thinking Vladimir Putin was a rational actor. He is anything but, and we have to fight back for the future of democracy.
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Since 2019, there have been over 50 documented cases of hacking in Ohio spanning public safety, local government, medical facilities and schools. Examples include Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Ohio State Veterinary Center, City of Twinsburg, Westlake Police Department, and Aurora City Schools. Much of the hacking involves Ransomware and payment in Bitcoin, and most of it can be traced to Russia.