Cyber Round Up: General pleads guilty in Stuxnet probe; Russian hacker arrested abroad; National Guard a unique contributor to cybersecurity
4 star general snagged for lying in Stuxnet leak probe (Politico): One of Obama’s closest generals pleaded guilty earlier this week in relation to leaks regarding U.S. cybersecurity efforts abroad, Politico reports. The article says General James Cartwright pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his communication of classified information with a reporter and biographer. While […]
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Cyber Round Up: Holder says NSA programs legal; Snowden nominated for Nobel; Iranian officials concerned with oil industry’s cyber safety
In speaking with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder backed the judicial determination that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs are legal, according to the Miami Herald. However, AG Holder emphasized the true debate, one not over legality, but over proper use of authority. “[J]ust because we can do something, should we […]
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David Axe, for Wired, with an extremely interesting article titled This Scientist Wants Tomorrow’s Troops to Be Mutant-Powered. The article touches upon Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and the idea of neuro-enhancements, which I think will eventually become a “cyber issue” to the extent that such technology will be exploited like computers. The article focuses more on […]
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Cyber Roundup (11/8): Stuxnet infected Chevron, Gen. Alexander lays out who does what, and Skyfall inspired by Stuxnet?
Quick survey of recent cyber news . . . *** On 11/8, Rachael King reported for the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal on how Stuxnet infected Chevron. According to King, Chevron found Stuxnet in its networks, but the malware didn’t cause any damage. The article noted that the U.S. government perhaps didn’t realize how far […]
Add another nation-state espionage malware to the list. Kim Zetter reported for Wired on miniFlame, a “high-precision, surgical attack tool” malware that has been found trolling around Iran and Lebanon. As you could probably guess, miniFlame has connections to the previously discovered espionage malware Flame, and also is related to Gauss. According to the […]
On 10/14, Thom Shanker & David Sanger reported for the New York Times on U.S. suspicions that Iran was behind several recent cyberattacks. Notably, the article cites U.S. intel officials who believe that the Iranians were behind cyberattacks on Saudi oil company Saudi Aramco and a sustained DDOS attack on major U.S. banks. These suspicions, […]
Paul Rosenzweig posted a Lawfare blog entry on Stuxnet. Specifically, Mr. Rosenzweig posted a guest essay titled “Operation Olympic Games — A Legal Setback and a Strategic Opportunity” by Ernesto J. Sanchez. Check out the blog post for the full essay. As a quick summary, Mr. Sanchez believes that Stuxnet’s use was inconsistent with the […]
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Cyber Roundup: Cyberattacks withhout “any sense of restraint,” a draft cybersecurity EO which we “have no need for,” and more Operation Aurora
A survey of today’s cyber news . . . *** Lily Kuo reported for Reuters on comments made by Debora Plunkett, the head of the NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate. According to the article, Ms. Plunkett said that other nations are acting “reckless[ly],” using cyberattacks without “any sense of restraint.” Ms. Plunkett contrasted these cyberattacks with […]
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Cyber Roundup (7/1): A cyber branch of the military, crossing the cyber Rubicon, and Stuxnet’s termination date
You know the deal . . . a survey of the past week's recent cyber news. *** Eric Chabrow wrote for GovInfo Security and had a very interesting suggestion: create a cyber branch of the military. The general idea, concocted by two Army officers, was to "add an efficient and effective cyber branch alongside the […]
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Cyber Roundup (6/21): Iran stops new massive cyberattack, U.S./Israel behind Flame, U.S. and China in cyberspace, CNBC to run Chinese cyberespionage program, and what is America’s cyber policy?
Whew, quite a hectic few weeks with regard to cyber news . . . *** Reuters reports that Iran says it has detected and stopped a major cyberattack against its nuclear program. The article noted that it was unclear whether the Iranians were referring to Flame or some new attack. *** In what should probably […]
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