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    DOJ Hack Emphasizes the Need for Smart Cybersecurity Action

    Last week, the U.S. Justice Department acknowledged that its Bureau of Justice Statistics website had been hacked. The hacker group Anonymous claimed credit for the hack and published 1.7 gigabytes of data. Included in the data were internal e-mails, which possibly contained personal or sensitive information related to crimes, criminals, … More

    The Next StuxNet?

    The Russian security firm Kaspersky Labs has released a report on a new, sophisticated malware variety called FLAME. It has been found on various targets in Iran, Israel, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. The purpose appears to be mass harvesting of sensitive data. Kaspersky claims that the malware … More

    Federal Cyber Woes Continue

    Last week, Heritage published a listing of cybersecurity breaches affecting federal government systems from 2004 to the present. The listing is already out of date. On the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend, it was disclosed that the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), where federal employees bank their pension money, had … More

    Cybersecurity: We Are Losing, and It Is a Failure of Leadership

    The recently retired top cyber cop of the FBI, Shawn Henry, stated that “the status quo, it’s an unsustainable model. Unsustainable in that you never get ahead, never become secure, never have a reasonable expectation of privacy or security.” The sky is not falling, but if the US persists in … More

    CISPA Is Ready for Prime Time

    This week, the House of Representatives will vote on several cybersecurity bills, giving rise to the apt moniker “Cyber Week.” Congress is right to act on this very important issue, as up to $400 billion is stolen from U.S. companies in cyber theft and espionage every year. While Congress correctly … More

    Commerce Case Study: Cyberstupid

    It would be funny if it all wasn’t so tragic. According to The Washington Post, an agency in the Department of Commerce was so ravaged by a malicious virus that its entire information technology infrastructure, from desktop computers to hand-held cell phones, had to be shut down. Ironic. The Department … More

    Wiki Worries

    Oops! In order to prevent leaks over the trial of alleged Wiki-leaker Bradley Manning, e-mail filtering for government prosecutors inadvertently screened out messages from the judge and Manning’s defense team. Another reminder that Wiki War, the competition online for safe and secure communications, is like every other kind of competition—a … More

    Hacker Down--Not So Anonymous Anymore

    An ace hacker brought down by the FBI gave up enough on fellow members of the shadowy hackavist group Anonymous to indict six individuals in Europe and the United States. If there is an object lesson in this story, it is a reminder that most of our thinking about battling … More

    Thinking Big about Social Networks Down Under

    Can Twitter get you killed? Can Facebook start and stop wars? Can terrorism be financed through Paypal, and might people arm themselves through eBay? These are the questions tackled in an online forum sponsored by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute examining the nexus of social networking and national security. The … More

    FBI Worries About America Unwired

    Evil activity online could be more dangerous than transnational terrorists, warns FBI Director Robert Mueller. Speaking before the RSA Cyber Security Conference last Thursday, he declared that cybersecurity is becoming a top concern. The FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense need to get cyberserious. Protecting netizens’ ability … More