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Foreign states preparing cyber attacks on infrastructure in future war

Foreign nations’ cyber intrusions into key infrastructure network are preparation for damaging attacks in a future conflict, the commander of Cyber Command told Congress Tuesday. Adm. Mike Rogers, the commander who is also director of the National Security Agency, said one of his major concerns is cyber attacks on critical infrastructures used to run the electric grid, financial systems, communications networks, the transportation systems, and others. “We assess that several countries, including Iran, have conducted disruptions or remote intrusions into critical infrastructure systems in the United States,” Rogers said in his prepared…

Chinese supercomputers threaten U.S. security

China is eclipsing the United States in developing high-speed supercomputers used to build advanced weapons, and the loss of American leadership in the field poses a threat to U.S. national security. That’s the conclusion of a recent joint National Security Agency-Energy Department study, based on an assessment of China’s new supercomputer called the TaihuLight. “National security requires the best computing available, and loss of leadership in [high-performance computing] will severely compromise our national security,” the report warns. Full story…
Washington Times
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Cyber sabotage of North Korea’s missiles

The unsuccessful test launch of a North Korean medium-range missile on Saturday has fueled media speculation the missile blew up as a result of U.S. clandestine cyber attacks. Asked if secret U.S. intervention caused the explosion of the North Korean test launch, White House Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland said Sunday, “We can’t talk about secret intelligence and things that might have been done, covert operations that might have happened.” If U.S. intelligence succeeded in getting into the supply chain used by North Korea to acquire parts for missiles from abroad,…

Intel: Russian election hacking was long-term information ‘assault’

New details emerged in Senate testimony revealing how Russia’s Vladimir Putin directed a large-scale information “assault” on the U.S. presidential election to undermine the American democratic system, senior U.S. intelligence leaders disclosed during Senate testimony Tuesday. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee that intelligence agencies did not seek to assess the impact the Russian activity on the outcome of the election. But Clapper said the combined Russian hacking and influence campaign was wide-ranging, continued for years and was among the most aggressive covert actions by Moscow in…

Pentagon links Chinese cyber security firm to Beijing spy service

A Chinese cyber security firm is covertly working with Beijing’s Ministry of State Security intelligence service in conducting cyber espionage operations, according to Pentagon intelligence officials. The company known as Boyusec, officially the Bo Yu Guangzhou Information Technology Co., is also working with China’s global telecommunications company Huawei Technologies, which has been identified by U.S. intelligence agencies as linked to the Chinese military. According to an internal report by the Pentagon’s Joint Staff J-2 intelligence directorate, Boyusec and Huawei are working together to produce security products that will be loaded into Chinese-manufactured…

FBI, Pentagon counterspies hunt fraudulent Navy contractor

Counterintelligence agents from the FBI and Pentagon are pursuing a suspected foreign agent posing as a Navy officer who offered fraudulent contracts to defense contractors in a bid to obtain sensitive and embargoed American technology. The FBI on Wednesday sent a security alert about the scam uncovered recently by a contractor in Massachusetts to contractors engaged in secret defense work. An FBI counterintelligence agent stated in the alert that the contractor reported “an individual posing as U.S. Navy officer” was issuing fake Navy contracts for computer and telecommunications equipment. Full story…
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Cyber security, nuclear modernization top Trump defense priorities

President-elect Donald Trump’s national security priorities are modernizing the aging U.S. nuclear arsenal and securing critical infrastructure from cyber attacks. According to Greatagain.gov, the presidential transition website opened Thursday, Trump also appears to have shifted rhetoric on terrorism. During the campaign, Trump loudly proclaimed radical Islam to be the key driver of terrorism. The transition website, however, refers only to “radical ideologies” as the inspiration behind the long-term threat of terrorism. Trump criticized the Obama administration during the campaign for its failure to use the term radical Islam in countering Muslim terrorism…

Securing ‘The Internet of Things’

The Department of Homeland Security issued a report this week outlining ways the Internet of Things can be made more secure. The Internet of Things, or IoT, includes millions of networked devices ranging from video cameras to television digital video recorders all connected to the internet. Unlike computers and handheld devices, most IoT devices lack security and can be easily hacked. Evidence surfaced last month of a major IoT hack of the domain name service company Dyn, which suffered a multiple-wave cyberattack that temporarily shut down its servers during a massive denial-of-service…

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