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  • Trump Returns North Korea to List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

    11/20/2017 9:01:50 AM PST · by NRx · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11-20-2017 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday officially designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, returning the rogue nation to a list from which it had been removed during the George W. Bush administration. North Korea had been removed from the list under the George W. Bush administration in an attempt to salvage negotiations for a nuclear deal. The president made the announcement at the White House on Monday morning. North Korea will join Sudan, Syria and Iran as countries that the State Department identifies as ones that have “repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.” Administration officials...
  • New Cyberattack Spreads in Europe, Russia and U.S.

    06/27/2017 12:19:37 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 27, 2017 | MARK SCOTT and NICOLE PERLROTH
    Computer systems from Russia to the United States were struck on Tuesday in an international cyberattack that bore similarities to a recent assault that crippled tens of thousands of machines worldwide. As reports of the attack spread quickly, the Ukrainian government said that several of its ministries, radiation monitoring at the Chernobyl nuclear facility, local banks and metro systems had been affected. A number of companies — including the Danish shipping giant Maersk; Rosneft, the Russian energy giant; Saint-Gobain, the French construction materials company; and WPP, the British advertising agency — also said they had been targeted.
  • State officials not done fighting federal intrusion into local election systems

    06/25/2017 2:03:22 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 25, 2017 | Todd Shepherd
    The nation's top state election officials say they'll keep fighting a Department of Homeland Security order that designates state and local election systems as "critical infrastructure," and aren't happy with the message they got this week that the designation will remain. For the moment, that fight means lobbying congressional delegations to use whatever power is at their disposal to make DHS back off. Barring that, a separation of powers lawsuit may be their last option, but it's not clear yet if any state or coalition of states is willing to take that step just yet. Week Twenty-Two of the Trump...
  • Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

    06/23/2017 11:58:56 AM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2017 | Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous
    arly last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.
  • Pentagon: Russia, China Able to Launch Catastrophic Cyber Attacks on U.S. Infrastructure...

    03/10/2017 5:52:24 AM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/10/17 | Bill Gertz
    Critical American infrastructure like the electric grid will remain vulnerable to catastrophic cyber attacks from Russia and China for at least 10 years, according to a Pentagon study.A report by a Defense Science Board task force concludes that the decade-long cyber vulnerabilities must be mitigated while the Pentagon quickly creates new cyber deterrence capabilities, including offensive cyber weapons designed to inflict damage on adversaries and their leaders.The 44-page report, "Task Force on Cyber Deterrence" was made public Feb. 28. It is based on a two-year study by a panel of military and defense experts.The report presents a dire picture of weaknesses...
  • 3 nations tried cyberattacks on Hillary Clinton's private email server: AP

    10/08/2015 7:02:26 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 33 replies
    see BS dot com ^ | oct 2015
    WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server, which stored some 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, was the subject of attempted cyberattacks originating in China, South Korea and Germany after she left office in early 2013, according to a congressional document obtained by The Associated Press. While the attempts were apparently blocked by a "threat monitoring" product that Clinton's employees connected to her network in October 2013, there was a period of more than three months from June to October 2013 when that protection had not been installed, according to a letter from Sen....
  • Obama warns Russia on hacking: ‘We can do stuff to you’

    12/16/2016 2:15:43 PM PST · by ColdOne · 210 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 12/16/16 | Olivier Knox
    President Obama warned Russia on Friday not to wage cyberwarfare against the United States, saying, “We can do stuff to you” as he defended his handling of Moscow’s alleged hacking of Democrats’ emails to influence the 2016 election. “Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russia or others not to do this to us, because we can do stuff to you,” Obama told reporters at his final press conference of 2016.
  • U.S. takes aim at cyber attacks from connected devices as recalls mount

    10/24/2016 7:22:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct. 24, 2016 | Joseph Menn
    Obama administration officials sought on Monday to reassure the public that it was taking steps to counter new types of cyber attacks such as the one Friday that rendered Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and dozens of other major websites unavailable. The Department of Homeland Security said it had held a conference call with 18 major communication service providers shortly after the attack began and was working to develop a new set of “strategic principles” for securing internet-connected devices. DHS said its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center was working with companies, law enforcement and researchers to cope with attacks made possible...
  • Someone is learning & practicing how to take down the Internet

    09/18/2016 7:11:32 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 29 replies
    Fellowship of the Minds ^ | 18 September 2016 | Dr. Eowyn
    This is serious and genuinely alarming. Bruce Schneider is an expert in cyber-security, the Chief Technology Officer of Resilient, an IBM Company, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, and a board member of Electronic Frontier Foundation — an organization defending our rights in the digital world. In a blog post, Schneider sounds the alarm that in the past year, the websites of major companies that provide the Internet’s basic services repeatedly have been attacked, each time more sophisticated than the last, which suggests “someone” is practicing how to take down the Internet by learning from the companies’ defensive moves. Below...
  • Clinton: Treat cyberattacks 'like any other attack'

    Hillary Clinton on Wednesday called for the U.S. to begin treating cyberattacks like any other assault on the country. “As president, I will make it clear that the United States will treat cyberattacks just like any other attack,” the Democratic presidential nominee said. “We will be ready with serious political, economic and military responses.” Clinton called for the U.S. to “lead the world in setting the rules in cyberspace.” “If America doesn’t, others will,” she said. The remarks, given during a foreign policy speech at the American Legion Convention in Cincinnati, address one the central challenges the Obama administration has...
  • Anti-Israel boycott movement suffers a slew of cyberattacks

    06/02/2016 6:44:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 2, 2016 9:26 AM EDT | Josef Federman
    The international movement calling for a boycott against Israel on Thursday said its website was repeatedly attacked earlier this year and raised suspicions that Israel was behind the attacks. The BDS movement released a report Thursday showing that its main website suffered six attacks in February and March. The denial of service attacks, which work by flooding a target website with bogus traffic, knocked out the BDS website for several hours at a time. The report, compiled by nonprofit online security service eQualit.ie, said the attacks had a level of “sophistication and commitment” it normally does not see. It also...
  • North Korea Linked to Digital Attacks on Global Banks

    05/26/2016 6:45:16 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 26, 2016 | NICOLE PERLROTH and MICHAEL CORKERY
    Security researchers have tied the recent spate of digital breaches on Asian banks to North Korea, in what they say appears to be the first known case of a nation using digital attacks for financial gain. In three recent attacks on banks, researchers working for the digital security firm Symantec said, the thieves deployed a rare piece of code that had been seen in only two previous cases: the hacking attack at Sony Pictures in December 2014 and attacks on banks and media companies in South Korea in 2013. Government officials in the United States and South Korea have blamed...
  • IRS still vulnerable to hackers: GAO

    03/28/2016 8:00:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2016 | Stephan Dinan
    The IRS’s computers remain vulnerable to hackers, the government’s top auditor said Monday, saying changes were still needed months after the agency suffered a breach that saw hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ most sensitive information stolen. Passwords to key agency systems “could be easily guessed,” and investigators from the Government Accountability Office found the IRS didn’t require regular password changes — an important part of modern cybersecurity. The tax agency also failed to load the latest security patches, ran obsolete software on systems, and granted some employees access — both physical and electronic — to systems they didn’t need to...
  • Iranian Cyberattacks Expose Alarming New Risks; Is Obama Paying Attention?

    12/23/2015 4:03:47 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/22/2015 | Staff
    Cyberwars: Three recent news items are a stark reminder that the U.S. is under increasing global cyberattacks. And it should be a loud warning to the Obama administration that we're losing this war.
  • Iran’s Military Launches Increased Cyber Attacks on Obama Administration Officials

    11/05/2015 9:32:02 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | Morgan Chalfant
    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps has in recent weeks launched increased cyber attacks on Obama administration officials, hacking into their email and social media accounts. U.S. officials believe that the hacks are related to the recent arrest of an Iranian-American businessman in Tehran. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has routinely conducted cyberwarfare against American government agencies for years. But the U.S. officials said there has been a surge in such attacks coinciding with the arrest last month of Siamak Namazi, an energy industry executive and business consultant who has pushed for stronger U.S.-Iranian economic and diplomatic ties. Obama administration personnel are...
  • U.S. Power Grid Being Hit With ‘Increasing’ Hacking Attacks, Government Warns

    06/24/2015 2:23:56 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/24/15 | Adam Kredo
    Major attacks on the U.S. power grid system are “increasing,” with hackers stepping up efforts to penetrate critical systems and to implant malicious software that could compromise the power grid and result in a nationwide crisis, according to a government report. While experts have long signaled that the U.S. power grid and related systems are vulnerable to physical attacks by terrorists and other individuals, the U.S. government is now warning that sensitive computer systems that maintain the grid are increasingly being attacked, according to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report that was not made public until the Federation of American...
  • Biden: US, China must cooperate despite intense differences

    06/23/2015 9:56:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 23, 2015 12:02 PM EDT | Matthew Pennington
    The U.S. and China will have intense disagreements, but the world is depending on the two powers to work together, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday, urging China to be a “responsible stakeholder” in international affairs. Biden was speaking at the start of the annual U.S.-China Security and Economic Dialogue, which takes place amid growing tensions over cybertheft and China’s island building in the South China Sea. Secretary of State John Kerry said he was looking forward to a “very frank” discussion on cybersecurity, Internet freedom, human rights and religious freedom. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said neither China nor...
  • Does Obama Know There's a Cyberwar Going On?

    06/15/2015 4:23:23 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/12/2015 | Staff
    Hacking: Chinese hackers apparently stole far more data on more federal employees than first suspected, creating a huge national security problem. Worse, the Obama administration knew this database was being targeted.
  • Obama's 'Cybersecurity Czar' Is MIA As Hackers Run Wild

    06/08/2015 4:12:36 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/5/2015 | Staff
    Privacy: In two weeks, we've learned that offshore hackers managed to steal 100,000 tax filings and personnel data on millions of federal workers. Who, exactly, is in charge of cybersecurity in this administration?
  • Ex-commander: Nukes on high alert are vulnerable to error

    04/30/2015 11:39:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 30, 2015 3:36 AM EDT | Robert Burns
    A former commander of U.S. nuclear forces is leading a call for taking U.S. and Russian nuclear missiles off high alert, arguing that keeping them less ready for prompt launch would reduce the risk of miscalculation in a crisis. It also could keep a possible cyberattack from starting a nuclear war, he said, although neither Washington nor Moscow appears interested in negotiating an agreement to end the practice of keeping nuclear missiles on high alert. Retired Gen. James Cartwright said in an interview that “de-alerting” nuclear arsenals could foil cyber intruders by reducing the chance of firing a weapon in...