Hacking humans is highly effective way to access government and corporate networks

Click for larger graphic “Everybody has their trigger. A good social engineer will find that trigger.”  — Bruce M. Snell, director of technical marketing at McAfee Security Systems National Security community government and corporate networks being targeted. From the Washington Post’s series “Zero Day: The Threat in Cyberspace“– In cyberattacks, hacking humans is highly effective […]

Travel “Electronically Naked” to China

“Everybody knows that if you are doing business in China, in the 21st century, you don’t bring anything with you. That’s ‘Business 101’ — at least it should be.” — Jacob Olcott, a cybersecurity expert at Good Harbor Consulting From the New York Times: When Kenneth G. Lieberthal, a China expert at the Brookings Institution, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cybersecurity: Hackers ‘hit’ US water treatment systems

Our nation’s infrastructure, water lines, hackers, Russia, multiple attacks. Not good. Read on: From the BBC, 21 November 2011: Hackers are alleged to have destroyed a pump used to pipe water to thousands of homes in a US city in Illinois. Hackers with access to the utility’s network are thought to have broken the pump […]

C.H.E.W.

No, don’t worry, I’m not changing the title of my security awareness program from D.I.C.E. to C.H.E.W. (would I have to replace the dice with a graphic of a mouth??). It’s  a short video on cyber threats by former White House official Richard Clarke where C is for Criminals, H is for Hackivism, E is […]