May 13, 2013 |
The legal odyssey of Scott J. Bloch, the former head of the federal agency that protects government whistleblowers, continued Monday when a federal judge balked at proceeding with sentencing because of what he called an "improperly sanitized version of events. " Bloch, the Bush-era head of the Office of Special Counsel , pleaded guilty in February to a misdemeanor charge of destroying government property when he ordered the deletion of office computer files by private technicians.
February 4, 2013 |
Imagine if The Post broke a story about the biggest scandal of the Obama-era — and Washington responded with a collective yawn? That's precisely what happened recently when The Post reported on its front page that senior Obama administration officials were being investigated by the FBI and Justice Department for the leak last summer that the president had personally ordered cyberattacks on the Iranian nuclear program using a computer virus...
January 26, 2013 |
Federal investigators looking into disclosures of classified information about a cyberoperation that targeted Iran's nuclear program have increased pressure on current and former senior government officials suspected of involvement, according to people familiar with the investigation. The inquiry, which was started by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. last June , is examining leaks about a computer virus developed jointly by the United States and Israel that damaged nuclear centrifuges at...
October 19, 2012 |
DEFENSE SECRETARY Leon Panetta sounded a klaxon in his recent address on cybersecurity . Beyond hackers and criminals who prowl the Internet, Mr. Panetta declared, there is a "greater danger" that nations or violent extremists could cause a cyberattack "as destructive as the terrorist attack on 9/11" or Pearl Harbor, which could "paralyze and shock the nation and create a new, profound sense of vulnerability. " Although it is not at all clear whether a cyberattack could kill thousands of people, the threat of physical...
October 15, 2012 |
Blowback is defined as "an unforeseen and unwanted effect, result, or set of repercussions," according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Are some modern military techniques first employed by the United States coming back to haunt us? It would not be the first time. In a speech Thursday on cybersecurity, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta described as "probably the most destructive attack that the private sector has seen to date" the Shamoon computer virus that in August virtually destroyed 30,000 computers...
October 11, 2012 |
A computer virus that wiped crucial business data from tens of thousands of computers at Middle Eastern energy companies over the summer marked the most destructive cyberattack on the private sector to date, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Thursday night in a major speech intended to warn of the growing perils in cyberspace. Panetta did not say who was believed to be behind the so-called Shamoon virus. But he said the malware, which rendered permanently inoperable more than...