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    One Step on Cyber Espionage: Reform the Foreign Investment Process

    Japanese telecommunications company Softbank wants to buy Sprint Nextel for about $20 billion. One barrier to the deal is unusual: Softbank and Sprint are being pushed to spurn equipment made by specific Chinese companies, due to cyber espionage fears. The fear is reasonable but the way the deal is being … More

    Internet Hit by Largest Cyber Attack Yet

    This week, the largest cyber attack to date hit the Internet. Spamhaus, an anti-spam company, placed Cyberbunker on their black-list of spam generating companies. Cyberbunker quickly retaliated with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, which essentially overwhelms a system with requests. The initial attack failed to overwhelm Spamhaus and … More

    North Korea Ups the Ante with Cyber Attack

    On Tuesday, several South Korean banks and television broadcasters were taken offline due to a “pretty massive” cyber attack. For the most part these attacks were just a nuisance, temporarily cutting off online access to bank accounts and freezing TV station computers, though not interfering with any broadcasts. Most signs … More

    From Chemical Security to Cyber: Regulation Still Not the Answer

    The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing on Thursday on the progress made in the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program over the past six months. CFATS was once considered a great success in security and government regulations. In late 2011, however, a leaked Department of … More

    Cloakroom: Battle of the Budgets, Round 1

    House Cloakroom: March 11 – March 15 Analysis:  This week House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will release his 2014 budget resolution for markup in committee. The Ryan budget is expected offer a path to balance in 10 years and include a full repeal of Obamacare as well as a … More

    Chinese Cyber Attacks: Take Off the Kid Gloves

    Last week, Mandiant, a private company, released a report that identified a specific bureau of China’s military as responsible for hacking massive amounts of data over the past seven years, mostly from the U.S. Yet, the Obama Administration has been actively trying to avoid embarrassing China for fear of repercussions. … More

    Sequestration Cuts the DHS Off at the Knees

    Last week, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee released a report outlining what they believe the consequences of sequestration will be if it goes into effect. Following its release, Homeland Security Today published an article highlighting the report’s findings on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) specifically. In short, the … More

    Cybersecurity Executive Order Is a Mistake Every Way You Look at It

    President Obama plans to issue his cybersecurity executive order on Wednesday, following his State of the Union address, according to The Hill. Based on drafts circulating several months ago, the executive order is likely to be highly flawed in its efforts to impose regulations on the dynamic cyber realm. In … More

    Senate Cybersecurity Report Twists the Facts, Falsely Claims the Support of Businesses

    Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee issued a report to their chairman, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D–WV), claiming that most businesses supported an approach to cybersecurity similar to his Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA). After reading their report, however, one thing is absolutely clear—most businesses do not support Rockefeller’s approach and … More

    Chinese Hackers Target U.S. Newspapers

    For more than four months, hackers based in the People’s Republic of China have been attacking The New York Times, the paper reported last week. The cyber attacks started on October 25, 2012—the same day the Times published an investigative piece illuminating the wealth the family of China’s Prime Minister … More