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What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Hacktivists?

April 30, 2012

The specter of a hacktivist cyberattack is chilling to IT security pros, even though they don't consider the methods hackivists typically use the most worrisome. "They were really more concerned about the types of attacks and the data that is more the target of cybercrime and cyberespionage," said Harry Swerdlove, CTO of Bit9, the firm that surveyed the pros.

U.S. Congress voices concern over Iran cyber-threat

April 28, 2012

Some fear the Stuxnet cyber-attack against Iran's nuclear program may have spurred the Islamic Republic to invest in a more aggressive cyber-warfare apparatus.

Ex-TSA chief suggests letting security screeners take more initiative

April 27, 2012

Former Transportation Security Administration chief Kip Hawley is free to speak his mind now that he’s on a book tour. So he reacted Thursday to news that two TSA screeners at Los Angeles International Airport had been arrested on drug trafficking and corruption charges. “It’s a perfect example of the urgency,” he said, that “never lets TSA get out of its emergency mode to make itself sustainable and supported by the American people.”

Security Experts Warn of Cyber Threats From Iran

April 27, 2012

A panel of experts warned lawmakers on Thursday about the looming threat of a cyber attack emanating from Iran, an increasingly isolated nation that has been linked to numerous attacks against the United States in recent years including a plot last year to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C.

Could Iran Wage A Cyberwar On The U.S.?

April 26, 2012

Security professionals in both the U.S. government and in private industry have long feared the prospect of a cyberwar with China or Russia, two states capable of launching destructive attacks on the computer networks that control critical assets such as the power grid or the financial system. Now they face a new cyberthreat: Iran.

House Panel: Iran Preparing for Cyberwar Against U.S., Allies

April 26, 2012

With the House poised to consider a string of cybersecurity bills on Thursday, lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee warned of the threat of cyberattack from Iran.

Iranian Cyberthreat to U.S. a Growing Concern

April 26, 2012

Iran isn't at the top of the list of cyberthreats to the U.S. today, but the bad news is that the Iranian government has the intent and motivation to become a major threat -- and appears to be shifting from defense to offense, according to expert testimony today on Capitol Hill.

Iran Readying Hacker Attacks on U.S. Infrastructure, Specialists Say

April 25, 2012

Iran is recruiting a hacker army to target the U.S. power grid, water systems and other vital infrastructure for cyberattack in a future confrontation with the United States, security specialists will warn Congress Thursday.

Security Expert Frank Cilluffo Grades Our Defense (AUDIO)

April 18, 2012

Lara Knoy interviews Director Frank J. Cilluffo for New Hampshire Public Radio's The Exchange. Though the homeland security threat environment still includes major terrorist threats, cyber challenges are complicating the picture. Audio.

US and China engage in cyber war games

April 16, 2012

The US and China have been discreetly engaging in "war games" amid rising anger in Washington over the scale and audacity of Beijing-co-ordinated cyber attacks on western governments and big business. State department and Pentagon officials, along with their Chinese counterparts, were involved in two war games last year that were designed to help prevent a sudden military escalation between the sides if either felt they were being targeted.

Militarisation of cyberspace: how the global power struggle moved online

April 16, 2012

The remaining cold war superpower, the United States, is slowly squaring up to the emerging behemoth, China, in a sphere in which Beijing has a distinct advantage: cyberspace.

‘Geeks’ become military’s new warriors

April 14, 2012

With reports of China and Russia trying to slip into the Pentagon’s information networks on a daily basis, U.S. security experts now rank the military threat from cyberspace just behind terrorism and nuclear proliferation. In that atmosphere, the people whose domain has been the cubicle and the computer room are getting a chance to be recognized as “warriors,” on par with those who shoot guns and fly fighter jets.

Northrop CEO Sees U.S. Role in Crafting Cybersecurity Standards

April 10, 2012

The U.S. Homeland Security Department should work with companies in setting cybersecurity standards, said Wes Bush, chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC), one of the nation’s largest defense contractors. “The notion of having DHS involved with industries in a partnership approach to ultimately lead to standards setting, I think that’s the right idea,” Bush said yesterday at an event in Washington.

Al Qaeda bomb-making expert publishes magazine detailing how to make explosives

April 09, 2012

Al Qaeda's many-headed media beast is back at it — a bomb-making expert has published a new e-magazine providing how-to info for would-be terrorists. The 73-page text was penned by longtime jihadist and explosives guru Abdullah Dhu al-Bajadin, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist Web traffic.

Texas Storms Show Need for Emergency Planning (Subscription Required)

April 04, 2012

The level of motivation that people and communities feel to put together emergency plans depends on their perception of their level of risk, said Daniel J. Kaniewski, deputy director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. Subscription require to view article.

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