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The Cyber Threat: Obama’s diplomacy-dominated policy ignores growing Russian danger

The Cyber Threat: Obama’s diplomacy-dominated policy ignores growing Russian danger

By Bill Gertz 
  Cyber warfare and secret cyber intelligence-gathering operations by Russia pose a major threat to America, yet Moscow has managed to keep its activities largely secret while President Obama and his administration have failed to highlight the danger. 
  By contrast, two decades of aggressive Chinese military and intelligence cyber attacks that have caused serious damage to American security through the theft of government and private industry secrets have been given much more attention in both government and the private sector. 
  Less information has been made public about the…

The Cyber Threat: Government Debates Cyber Counterattacks as Chinese Attacks Continue

The Cyber Threat: Government Debates Cyber Counterattacks as Chinese Attacks Continue

By Bill Gertz 
  China’s aggressive cyber espionage and military reconnaissance operations against both U.S. government and private networks show no sign of abating under the Obama administration’s policy of holding talks and threatening but not taking punitive action. 
  Typical of the administration’s approach has been the seemingly endless series of high-level meetings with Chinese officials, such as talks held last week in Washington to discuss “norms” of behavior in cyberspace. 
  For at least the past five years, President Obama and the White House have ignored appeals from security and military…

The Cyber Threat: Obama policies toward hackers from China, Iran, Syria produce few results

The Cyber Threat: Obama policies toward hackers from China, Iran, Syria produce few results

By Bill Gertz
Recent federal indictments of Iranians and Syrians for cyber attacks on U.S. networks further highlight the failure of President Obama and his administration to counter the growing threat of foreign hacker strikes on American networks.
In March, the Justice Department indicted two groups of hackers, one from Iran linked to cyber intrusions of an industrial control system operating a New York dam, and a second from Syria engaged in illegal activities that included causing damage to computers and extortion.
The indictments are largely symbolic, since none of…

The Cyber Threat: Cybercom’s war on ISIS targets command and control, finances

The Cyber Threat: Cybercom’s war on ISIS targets command and control, finances

By Bill Gertz 
  The Pentagon last week disclosed additional details of its covert program of waging cyber warfare against the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq. 
  Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford were asked to comment on the U.S. Cyber Command campaign—the first of its kind—at a Senate hearing Thursday. 
  “The objectives there are to interrupt ISIL command and control, interrupt its ability to move money around, interrupt its ability to tyrannize and control population, interrupt its ability to recruit externally,”…

Cyber threat advancing from data theft to electric grid, other infrastructure cyber attacks

Cyber threat advancing from data theft to electric grid, other infrastructure cyber attacks

By Bill Gertz
China and Russia are targeting U.S. industrial control systems for future cyber attacks during crises or conflicts as the strategic cyber threat evolves from data theft to damaging infrastructure strikes.
That was the conclusion of key U.S. national security officials who have begun sounding the alarm over the cyber threat to critical infrastructure networks that currently are vulnerable to an array of cyber attacks.
China, which has been developing asymmetric warfare means for use against the United States for decades, poses an immediate danger, according to the…

Pentagon reveals first cyber war against terrorists, defense of nuclear command networks

Pentagon reveals first cyber war against terrorists, defense of nuclear command networks

By Bill Gertz 
 
The U.S. military revealed last week for the first time that is waging offensive cyber warfare against terrorists while defending nuclear command and control networks from cyber attacks. 
 
“We are going offensive against ISIL in Iraq and Syria,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during a visit to Washington state’s Joint Base Lewis McChord, home to a cyber warfare mission force. 
 
“No reason why these guys should be able to command and control over the Internet,” Carter said. “There’s no reason why they should be…

Commanders urge Pentagon to counter growing threat of cyber attacks on industrial controllers

Commanders urge Pentagon to counter growing threat of cyber attacks on industrial controllers

By Bill Gertz 
  Two American military commanders are sounding the alarm on the growing threat to U.S. national security posed by cyber attacks on critical industrial control systems. 
  Northern Command chief Adm. William Gortney and Pacific Command’s Adm. Harry Harris urged Defense Secretary Ash Carter to step up efforts to deal with the danger. 
  “We respectfully request your assistance in providing focus and visibility on an emerging threat that we believe will have serious consequences on our ability to execute assigned missions if not addressed – cyber security of [Defense…

National Security Agency looms large behind FBI-Apple battle over security versus privacy

National Security Agency looms large behind FBI-Apple battle over security versus privacy

By Bill Gertz 
 
The debate over security and privacy burst into public view last week after the FBI went to court to force Apple to provide access to a terrorist’s locked iPhone.
The legal battle is the latest salvo in a larger confrontation over electronic surveillance, encryption, and the security measures needed to protect the country in the Information Age against the growing threat of Islamist terror.
A federal magistrate two weeks ago ordered Apple to produce software that would permit the FBI to access to the phone of…