Will the Government Shutdown Increase the Risk of Cyber Attacks?

NIST shutdown increases cyber risk

Regardless of your preferred political stance, the government shutdown that resulted from the duel in Congress over the Affordable Care Act has created a potential calamity across the data protection sector. As of midnight on October 1st, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has furloughed employees and temporarily suspended operations until the budget crisis [...] Read more »

The Battle for Taiwan

taiwan hacking

Chinese cyber attacks have been on the rise for years, and a new battleground is taking shape to the east that may offer valuable insights into the strategies and tactics of both the underground and state sponsored styles of online warfare emerging from the People’s Republic. Taiwan has been a focal point of Chinese hacking [...] Read more »

Shooting Down Firewalls

For all those who are concerned that the government is lagging behind when it comes to meeting modern cyber security threats head on, a ray of hope has emerged from the clouds. The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association – a non-profit organization that acts as a conduit for IT security information between Homeland Security, [...] Read more »

Israel vs. Anonymous

Israel is still dealing with the aftermath of an electronic siege as the prolific hacking syndicate known only as “Anonymous” initiated a nationwide assault on the Jewish Republic last month, attacking infrastructure, financial, and commercial websites and networks throughout Jerusalem and other cities across the country. The attack was announced early in April via multiple [...] Read more »

China vs. the U.S., Round Two

Last week we discussed the report released by American Cyber Security Firm Mandiant, a report that outlined the connection between the increasing number and virulence of cyber attacks taking place throughout the nation and a cell of hackers in Shangai, China highly suspected of being financed and supported by the Chinese Government. This week, we [...] Read more »

The Cyber Arms Race

American Cyber Security Firm Mandiant released a report last month that is still being digested by the tech industry and officials in Washington DC. The findings, while not surprising in their subject matter, were quite alarming in scope. The Mandiant report meticulously outlined the activities of a known hacking organization in Shanghai, China over the [...] Read more »

Cybersecurity Executive Order Released (Finally)

President Obama’s long awaited Cybersecurity Executive Order was released last week in an effort to gather our nation’s efforts in defending our national assets and taking the fight to those who infringe on our ability to share information reliably. The wait has been long – nearly two years now – since the president made suggestions [...] Read more »

Europe Takes the Lead in Cyber Security

Two interesting things have happened in the last week regarding international cyber security. The first was in Europe, where a draft of updated directives on network and information security was presented to governing officials. Specifically, these updated rules concern the mandated behaviors of a broad range of enterprises in regards to informing state officials about [...] Read more »

The Persian Empire Strikes Back

New information rolled out last week by the US State and Commerce Departments verify that Iranian nationals are almost surely behind the series of DDoS attacks that have crippled and paralyzed banking institutions across the eastern seaboard over the last two months, indicating that the cyber war between Western countries and tyrannical powers in the [...] Read more »

Hacking For Justice?

Every once in a while, we hear about a hacker who earnestly appears to be acting in the best interest of society. Whether it’s a human rights advocate posting images of “the real story” on a hijacked server, or a fact-finding intrusion that comes up with evidence showing the nefarious deeds of corporate fat cats [...] Read more »

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