TSA finds 7 snakes, 3 turtles in man’s pants

This makes you wonder what the guy next to you on an airplane had on him in the days before TSA began checking everyone. This from ABC News: You really have to find something strange to beat the best airport security catch of 2011 and of course I mean the guy at Miami International who tried […]

China’s Cyber Thievery Is National Policy—And Must Be Challenged

An Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal written by Mike McConnell, Michael Chertoff and William Lynn Mr. McConnell, a retired Navy vice admiral and former director of the National Security Agency (1992-96) and director of national intelligence (2007-09), is vice chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Chertoff, a former secretary of homeland security (2005-09), is […]

FBI Director Says Cyberthreat Will Surpass Threat From Terrorists

From ABC News: Threats from cyber-espionage, computer crime, and attacks on critical infrastructure will surpass terrorism as the number one threat facing the United States, FBI Director Robert Mueller testified today. Mueller and National Intelligence Director James Clapper, addressing the annual Worldwide Threat hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, cited their concerns about […]

Malicious Software Attacks Security Cards Used by Pentagon

From the New York Times: Chinese hackers have deployed a new cyber weapon that is aimed at the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and potentially a number of other United States government agencies and businesses, security researchers say. Researchers at AlienVault, a Campbell, Calif., security company, said on Thursday that […]

America the Vulnerable

“The basic message of “America the Vulnerable” is that we are, almost willfully, handing over our secrets, economy and future to those who would do us harm. There are things we, as a country, as employees and as individuals should do to reduce the threats but we better get a move on or it will […]

SEC Push May Yield New Disclosures of Company Cyber Attacks

Bloomberg has an article about the SEC requiring companies to reveal more cybercrime information when their networks and intellectual property/secrets are hacked. Some interesting facts and quotes from the article: • The cost to businesses of exposing data such as Social Security and credit-card numbers climbed to an average of $7.2 million per incident last […]

Young Employees Not Interested in Security

Findings from the Cisco Connected World Technology Report reveal a different security mindset of younger employees in the workforce compared to their older coworkers. This new workforce is part of a “demographic that grew up with the Internet and has an increasingly on-demand lifestyle that mixes personal and business activity in the workplace. . . The […]

US citizen charged in jihadist plot “wanted to go after the Army people”

BAD DICE: Another person born in a foreign country who took an oath to become a US citizen is now charged with wanting to attack his fellow Americans in the Tampa, FL area. His first choice was Army bases, but found them too secure, so he decided to go after softer targets. It is clear he was […]

Cyber Security Threats in 2012

“We live in a world where all information is in digital form and is easily accessible if you know how. Today’s spies no longer need to infiltrate a building to steal information. As long as they have the necessary computer skills, they can wreak havoc and access even the best-kept secrets of organizations without ever […]

Chinese hacker attacks

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article about Chinese cyber spying (U.S. Homes In on China Spying). According to the article, the US has been able to identify the groups in China responsible for cyber attacks, and that these groups are sponsored by the People’s Liberation Army. Two weeks ago US officials confronted their Chinese […]