March 20, 2008 |
The Bush administration is planning to tap a Silicon Valley entrepreneur to head a new interagency group that will coordinate the government's efforts to protect its computer networks from organized cyberattacks. Sources in the government contracting community said the White House is expected to announce as early as today the selection of Rod A. Beckstrom as a top-level adviser to be based in the Department of Homeland Security. Beckstrom is an author and entrepreneur best known for starting Twiki.net, a company that...
May 19, 2013 |
THE SHADOWY WORLD of cybercrime was exposed in the recent federal indictment of eight men accused of manipulating computer networks and ATMs to steal $45 million over seven months. The heist combined sophisticated hacking with street-level hustle. In New York City alone, thieves struck 2,904 cash machines over 10 hours on a single day in February. For all the wonders of the digital revolution, there is a turbulent and largely hidden underside of theft and disruption that grows by the day; the losses are often...
April 9, 2013 |
BEIJING— At a rare public forum on cyberissues Tuesday featuring American and Chinese government officials, U.S. diplomats and business leaders tried using economic arguments to persuade China to stop its cyberattacks and Internet censorship. China's heavy-handed Web restrictions not only slow Internet speeds and make company data less secure, but they also have "tangible economic" effects on the country, said Gary Locke, the U.S. ambassador to China. Undersecretary of...
September 18, 2012 |
Cyberattacks can amount to armed attacks triggering the right of self-defense and are subject to international laws of war, the State Department's top lawyer said Tuesday. Spelling out the U.S. government's position on the rules governing cyberwarfare, Harold Koh, the department's legal adviser , said a cyber-operation that results in death, injury or significant destruction would probably be seen as a use of force in violation of international law. ( Read Harold Koh's remarks here.
September 21, 2012 |
Iran recently has mounted a series of disruptive computer attacks against major U.S. banks and other companies in apparent retaliation for Western economic sanctions aimed at halting its nuclear program, according to U.S. intelligence and other officials. In particular, assaults this week on the Web sites of JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America probably were carried out by Iran, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Friday.
June 5, 2012 |
Google said Tuesday that the company will alert its users when it thinks they may be the target of a state-sponsored cyberattack. In a company blog post Tuesday, Eric Grosse, Google's vice president of security engineering, said Google will display a warning when it detects a suspected attack on a user's account. Such attacks, the company said, could take the form of malicious software or of deceptive "phishing" e-mails that trick users into giving up their user names and passwords.