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The Hacking of Federal Data Is Much Worse Than First Thought

The Hacking of Federal Data Is Much Worse Than First Thought | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Hackers linked to China appear to have stolen security-clearance records with sensitive data about millions of American military and intelligence personnel.
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On Friday, it was revealed that all of the data on Standard Form 86— filled out by millions of current and former military and intelligence workers— is now believed to be in the hands of Chinese hackers.

 

This not only means that the hackers may have troves of personal data about Americans with highly sensitive jobs, but also that contacts or family members of American intelligence employees living abroad could potentially be targeted for coercion. At its worst, this cyberbreach also provides a basic roster of every American with a security clearance.

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How Obama Was Dangerously Naive About STUXNET and Cyberwarfare - Technology Review

"A Times exposé suggests that the White House failed to consider how our own cyberweapons would be used against us.

Then, in Summer 2010, an event the administration should have anticipated occurred: The STUXNET worm got loose and started replicating outside the Iranian enrichment plant that had been its target. In the wild, on the Internet, its was exposed for everyone to see.

1. Proliferation of STUXNET code, with unknown targets.

2. “Industrial-grade” control system malware almost revealed at a Dallas information security conference.

3. Industrial Control System hacking "toolkit" released.

4. STUXNET code showed up in an "indestructible" zombie botnet that has infected millions of PCs."

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First Strike: US Cyber Warriors Seize the Offensive

First Strike: US Cyber Warriors Seize the Offensive | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The US has abandoned its previous dependence on defensive cyber strategies and has shifted into high gear with the aim of developing superior first-strike capacities.
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Nothing really new, but a good review of how the current status came to be under the more or less technologically realistic strategy experts in the Pentagon. What is at stake now? A new generation of cyberweapons and a new understanding of the potential of digital vulnerabilities.

"Achieving “cyber superiority” in a twenty-first-century battle space is analogous to the establishment of air superiority in a traditional bombing campaign. Before strike missions begin against a set of targets, air commanders want to be sure the enemy’s air defense system has been suppressed. Radar sites, antiaircraft missile batteries, enemy aircraft, and command-and-control facilities need to be destroyed before other targets are hit. Similarly, when an information-dependent combat operation is planned against an opposing military, the operational commanders may first want to attack the enemy’s computer systems to defeat his ability to penetrate and disrupt the US military’s information and communication networks."

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Obama Ordered Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

Obama Ordered Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Even after the Stuxnet computer worm became public, President Obama accelerated cyberattacks against Iran that had begun in the Bush administration, temporarily disabling 1,000 centrifuges.

"From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program."

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