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 […]

Russian spy tried to recruit politicians and government officials

From the Daily Telegraph. While this happened in the UK, it is also happening right now in the US: “He  was very friendly and his English was very good. I did not for one moment think he was a spy. I didn’t even realise he was Russian until later.”–a British security expert who met Repin […]

China’s Spies Are Catching Up

A recent op-ed in the New York Times by intelligence author and historian David Wise whose most recent book is the highly recommended “Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China.” IN 1995, a middle-aged Chinese man walked into a C.I.A. station in Southeast Asia and offered up a trove of secret Chinese documents. Among them […]

China’s non-government economic espionage against US companies

From The Diplomat, 11 December 2011: With each week seeming to bring with it a new example of a cyber attack launched from China, the issue has in many minds become inextricably linked with the Chinese government. And with China’s state-owned firms dominating the country’s economic landscape – and with Beijing’s apparent willingness to protect […]