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NSA confirms Russia hacked French election infrastructure

Two days before France’s recent presidential election, hackers leaked nine gigabytes of emails from candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign onto the web. Since then, the Kremlin has once again emerged as the likeliest culprit. But while public evidence can’t definitively prove Russia’s involvement, NSA director Michael Rogers suggested to Congress today that America’s most powerful cybersecurity agency has pinned at least some electoral interference on Moscow. In a hearing of the Senate’s Armed Forces Committee, Rogers indicated that the NSA had warned French cybersecurity officials ahead of the country’s presidential runoff that…

America is losing cyber information war

The United States faces a growing threat of information warfare attacks and needs new strategies and organizations to counter it, national security experts told Congress this week. John C. Inglis, former deputy director of the National Security Agency, said cyber attacks are only one form of influence, propaganda, and disinformation attacks being waged in the cyber war of ideas. “Cyber warfare, in my view, is not a standalone entity,” Inglis told a Senate subcommittee hearing Thursday. “When you’re talking about information warfare, it’s at that top-most stack, and it does not necessarily…

Experts: U.S. losing global information war

Foreign nations including China and Russia along with the Islamic State are conducting information warfare against the United States and the federal government is ill prepared to counter it, information warfare experts told Congress on Wednesday. “To date, there is not a single individual in the U.S. government below the president of the United States who is responsible and capable of managing U.S. information dissemination and how we address our adversaries in the information environment,” said Michael Lumpkin, until recently the director of the State Department’s Global Engagement Center that seeks…

NSA: Nation state cyber attack included virtual hand-to-hand combat

Foreign government hackers caught secretly breaking into a U.S. national security network waged a 24-hour battle with cyber security officials trying to counter the cyber attack, the deputy director of the National Security Agency said Tuesday. Richard Ledgett, a veteran cyber spy who will retire soon as NSA’s No. 2 official, said the virtual battle inside a U.S. government computer network in late 2015 represented a new phase in the ongoing covert cyber wars. “It was a nation state actor who had gotten in and what we saw for the very first…

U.S. ill-prepared to stop widespread Russian information warfare

Russia is engaged in wide-ranging information warfare operations aimed at undermining the United States, and the federal government has few defenses against the attacks, information specialists told a Senate hearing last week. Moscow’s large-scale operations include the covert attempt to sway the 2016 presidential election and dissemination of false news reports to sow confusion and weaken American democracy, according to testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Thursday. The committee hearing was called as part of an investigation into the Russian campaign to influence the 2016 election. Full story…
Washington Free Beacon

Russia waging information warfare, general says

Russia is waging a malign information warfare campaign to undermine the United States and its allies, the general in charge of the European Command told Congress on Thursday. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who is also NATO’s supreme allied commander, told a Senate hearing the U.S. government needs a strategy and system to counter Russian information attacks. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Scaparrotti said the United States needs to respond to Russia’s deployment of a cruise missile that violates a 1987 treaty banning intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Full story…
Washington Free Beacon

NATO’s largest cyber defence exercise: Cyber Coalition 16

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The global push for cyber sovereignty Is the beginning of cyber fascism

Earlier this month, as much of the world’s attention was elsewhere, the Chinese government announced their new cybersecurity law. While the new law was ostensibly adopted to increase security, a range of features have been criticized by human rights and multinational groups alike. Indicative of China’s push for cyber sovereignty — the complete government control of the internet within their borders — the law requires (among other things) network operators to disclose the identities of users and corporations to adhere to data residence requirements, including potentially turning over source code…