Wednesday, April 25, 2012

U.S. Is Under Cyber Attack

"This much is clear: more nations are seeking to acquire cyber attack capabilities as a standard feature in their military planning. "There are no shells exploding or foreign militaries on our shores. But make no mistake: America is under attack by digital bombs," said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), during a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management, which he chairs. "China's cyber warfare capabilities and the espionage campaigns they have undertaken are the most prevalent of any nation state actor," said McCaul. He said that citizen hacker groups directed by China have engaged in "cyber espionage, established cyberwar military units, and laced U.S. infrastructure with logic bombs." He added that Russia now has the intent and the technological prowess to launch cyber attacks around the world. "We have been fortunate that up until this point, cyber attacks in our country have not caused a cataclysmic event that could bring physical harm to Americans. But that is not for a lack of effort on the part of those who mean to destroy our way of life," he said. "Every day nations and 'hacktivist' groups penetrate our public and private computer networks. The degradation of our national security and intellectual property from cyber theft threatens to weaken us where we have been historically strong: our ingenuity and creativity." One other worry that hasn't received as much attention is the prospect of collaboration between nations and non-state actors as attack tools become more widespread within the cybercrime black market. As their capabilities become "commoditized", the temptation for these politically motivated groups to use them will increase." (by Charles Cooper, Executive Editor at CNET News)