Posts Tagged ‘Hackers’

Is US Facing a Cyber-Disaster?

January 4, 2009

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One expert has compared the failure of the information infrastructure to the simultaneous arrival of 50 major hurricanes in terms of how disruptive it would be to the national economy.

Against this backdrop, the rapid proliferation of cyber threats and the apparent adoption by some countries of information warfare as a national strategy is very troubling. Most of the nation’s economic infrastructure, including the information grids, is privately owned, and there are legal barriers to determining precisely how vulnerable parts of it may be.

Experiments conducted by the Department of Homeland Security have demonstrated how Internet predators might penetrate utilities and shut them down Read the full upi report.

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“Former” Russian Spies Attack DoD Computer Networks

December 12, 2008
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The recent cyber attack on the U.S. military’s classified computer network has been traced to a front company run by several former Russian KGB or Federal Security Service spies, FOX News has learned. 

The attack led the Pentagon to ban the use of external hardware devices, such as flash drives, because that’s how the “worm” got into the classified military network. 

FOX News has learned the intrusion was discovered by the U.S. military in Afghanistan — and that the attack came through the local Internet service provider that the Afghans (under U.S. supervision) contracted out to a front company run by former Russian spies. 

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Russian Hackers Attack US central Command Networks

December 5, 2008
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Senior military leaders took the exceptional step of briefing President Bush this week on a severe and widespread electronic attack on Defense Department computers that may have originated in Russia — an incursion that posed unusual concern among commanders and raised potential implications for national security.

Defense officials would not describe the extent of damage inflicted on military networks. But they said that the attack struck hard at networks within U.S. Central Command, the headquarters that oversees U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and affected computers in combat zones. The attack also penetrated at least one highly protected classified network.

Military computers are regularly beset by outside hackers, computer viruses and worms. But defense officials said the most recent attack involved an intrusive piece of malicious software, or “malware,” apparently designed specifically to target military networks.

“This one was significant; this one got our attention,” said one defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity when discussing internal assessments.

Read more at the LA Times

Cyber Attacks From China Show Computers Insecure, Pentagon Says

August 9, 2008

Cyber attacks originating within China have exposed vulnerabilities in U.S. military computer systems that “increase the urgency” for improvements, according to a top Pentagon official.

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, in a 70-page request sent to Congress July 11, asked to shift $1.8 billion in approved spending to other programs, including computer security, reports Tony Capaccio at Bloomberg.com.

“Recent attacks from China on Department of Defense networks and systems increase the urgency to construct cyber systems” that can’t be penetrated, England said.

England said the Pentagon must develop its own technology. Building effective, secure systems for military command-and- control and sharing sensitive information between the military services and allies are requirements that “cannot be met with current commercial products,” he said.

Analysts said England’s statement is the Pentagon’s clearest public admission that its computers have been penetrated by China.

Read the entire article at Bloomberg.com