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    Cybersecurity: Harnessing the Power of the Private Sector

    Last week, a hacker turned cybersecurity expert, Marc Maiffret, published an enlightening op-ed in The New York Times, arguing the private sector can and should do more to improve the nation’s cybersecurity. This is especially true since the private sector produces the hardware and software for every device we use. … More

    Morning Bell: Keeping Americans Safe Online

    Everything we do is online. If you’ve been the victim of identity theft or an email phishing scam, you know how quickly your personal data can be stolen or threatened. It’s important to know the difference between types of cyber threats and the right approach to fighting them. There are … 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

    China Hacks Skype to Censor Citizens

    Chinese hackers have infiltrated the popular Internet messaging service Skype. The hackers have modified the operation of Skype so that the Skype programs on Chinese computers all have keyword systems to identify when the citizens use forbidden words, according to Jeffrey Knockel, a computer science researcher at the University of … More

    Chinese Hackers Identified as Part of the Military

    An American computer forensics firm has tracked a Chinese cyber group, according to The New York Times. The firm, Mandiant, has concluded that this hacker group is, in fact, a Chinese military unit, with the Military Unit Cover Designator (MUCD) 61398. This major revelation confirms what has long been suspected … 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

    Cybersecurity Flaws at Department of Labor Continue the Trend of Government Cyber Failures

    A recent investigation into the Department of Labor’s (DOL) secure information systems revealed “very serious” cybersecurity flaws. Together with many other cybersecurity breaches and failures in the federal government, it is clear the government should not be put in charge of cybersecurity regulation of the private sector. The DOL failures … More

    A Cybersecurity Executive Fiat Is a Very Bad Idea

    There are reports circulating that the White House has drafted an executive order to implement cybersecurity regulations. Congress—the representatives of the people— could not come to a sufficient level of agreement needed by the Constitution to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. Now, a few Senators say they know better … More

    Newest Hacker Target: Larger Systems That Run Everything Else

    The “systems that control our systems” are now among the most lucrative targets for hackers. Control systems are the computer programs that run and manage other computer programs. They manage water treatment plants, they run the D.C. Metro system, and they run the multitude of systems in hospitals. About a … More