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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

Obama shrugs off Russian hacking — until Donald Trump elected president

Foreign governments have launched numerous cyberattacks on the U.S. government and sensitive industrial sites, but Republicans say President Obama has not responded in a forceful way to years of Russian hacking. A more assertive response might have headed off the type of hacking Russia is accused of launching during the presidential election, they say. Russia, whose supposed cyberoffensive now is generating a Democratic Party movement that would delegitimize the incoming presidency of Donald Trump, has hacked Pentagon systems. In 2014 it penetrated computer networks at the White House and the State Department.…

White House suggests Putin was involved in US hacking

The Obama administration suggested Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally authorized the hacking of Democratic officials’ email accounts in the run-up to the presidential election and said it was “fact” that hacking had helped President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign. The White House also leveled an astounding attack on Trump himself, saying he must have known of Russia’s interference. No proof was offered for any of the accusations, the latest to unsettle America’s uneasy transition from eight years under Democratic President Barack Obama to a new Republican administration led by Trump. The…

Are we ready for cyber war?

War isn’t a new thing. Nations have been fighting against each other for thousands and thousands of years, but the way wars are fought is quickly changing. While physical conflict still exists and governments are still arming their defence forces, conflicts on the internet are becoming increasingly common. Technology isn’t just taking over our personal and working lives. It’s also transforming the ways countries are run. Governments are constantly implementing new digital and technological structures and, as a result, states can inflict more damage on their enemies through the click of…

Putin claims Russian hackers incapable of influencing U.S. election

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that blaming Moscow for using cyberattacks to interfere in next month’s U.S. presidential election is mere “hysteria” whipped up by Washington. Speaking at a Valdai International Discussion Club meeting in Sochi, Mr. Putin once again dismissed Russia’s alleged involvement in recent cyber intrusions and email leaks suffered by individuals and organizations tied to the U.S. Democratic Party. “Hysteria has been whipped up in the United States about the influence of Russia over the U.S. presidential election,” Mr. Putin said during Thursday’s event, as translated by Reuters.…

China cyber espionage continues

U.S. Cyber Command recently reported within secret government channels that China is continuing aggressive cyber espionage against American companies. An intelligence report disseminated earlier this month stated that one of China’s biggest cyber spying operations involved the theft of 1.65 terabytes of sensitive proprietary data from a major U.S. software company, according to a defense official familiar with the report. The U.S. company was not identified by name. But the hacker group behind the data theft is part of the Ministry of State Security, China’s main police and intelligence service. Full story…
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