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Universities Face a Rising Barrage of Cyberattacks

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA Published: July 16, 2013 NYTimes America’s research universities, among the most open and robust centers of information exchange in the world, are increasingly coming under cyberattack, most of it thought to be from China, with millions of hacking attempts weekly. Campuses are being forced to tighten security, constrict their culture of openness […]

Cyberwarfare: Characteristics and challenges | TechRepublic

By Tom Olzak | June 25, 2013, 5:45 AM PDT Tech Republic Journalists, business executives, and government bureaucrats like to use the term “cyberwarfare” when it suits their needs: especially when an organization loses intellectual property through an advanced persistent threat. A warfare claim is often accompanied by the victim organization’s claims that it was […]

Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks

lenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill guardian.co.uk, Friday 7 June 2013 15.06 EDT Barack Obama has ordered his senior national security and intelligence officials to draw up a list of potential overseas targets for US cyber-attacks, a top secret presidential directive obtained by the Guardian reveals. The 18-page Presidential Policy Directive 20, issued in October last […]

Silent War

Vanity Fair July 2013 On the hidden battlefields of history’s first known cyber-war, the casualties are piling up. In the U.S., many banks have been hit, and the telecommunications industry seriously damaged, likely in retaliation for several major attacks on Iran. Washington and Tehran are ramping up their cyber-arsenals, built on a black-market digital arms […]

Hagel says cyberthreats pose ‘stealthy’ danger to US

Published May 31, 2013 FoxNews.com Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that cyberthreats pose a “quiet, stealthy, insidious” danger to the United States and called for the development of guidelines to establish “rules of the road” and foster a better understanding among nations for the use of cyber technologies. Speaking to reporters on his plane […]


By Michael Moynihan Newsweek 5-29-2013 Winding through corridors lined with poison-tipped umbrellas, pistols fashioned from lipstick tubes, and bulky button-hole cameras, visitors to Washington’s International Spy Museum will soon be confronted by a modern, quotidian tool of the trade: a small black laptop. According to the computer’s owner, it was employed over a three-year period […]

Iran Hacks Energy Firms, U.S. Says

By SIOBHAN GORMAN and DANNY YADRON Wall Street Journal Thursday, May 23, 2013 As of 7:52 PM EDT WASHINGTON—Iranian-backed hackers have escalated a campaign of cyberassaults against U.S. corporations by launching infiltration and surveillance missions against the computer networks running energy companies, according to current and former U.S. officials. In the latest operations, the Iranian […]

This Pentagon Project Makes Cyberwar as Easy as Angry Birds

BY NOAH SHACHTMAN05.28.136:30 AM Wired The target computer is picked. The order to strike has been given. All it takes is a finger swipe and a few taps of the touchscreen, and the cyberattack is prepped to begin. For the last year, the Pentagon’s top technologists have been working on a program that will make […]

New Computer Attacks Traced to Iran, Officials Say

By NICOLE PERLROTH and DAVID E. SANGER Published: May 24, 2013 NYTimes SAN FRANCISCO — American officials and corporate security experts examining a new wave of potentially destructive computer attacks striking American corporations, especially energy firms, say they have tracked the attacks back to Iran. The targets have included several American oil, gas and electricity […]

Preventing a U.S.-China Cyberwar

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD Published: May 25, 2013 NYTimes When President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China have their first meeting next month in California, addressing the issue of China’s cyberattacks on American institutions will be an important priority. Both nations need to take steps to avoid drifting into an all-out cyberwar. Despite Beijing’s […]