Whether in the White House Situation Room or around the water cooler of cybersecurity companies, there can never be too many conversations about cyber deterrence. All too often though, the conversation fall into two traps: one focuses on theories and tropes from nuclear war while the other assumes the United States will be the one doing the deterring.
In 2016, alleged Iranian hackers were able to leverage access to a dam’s accounting system to gain control over a sluice gate controlling water flow. Luckily, the hackers got the wrong dam, gaining access to the diminutive and then-out-of-service Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye Brook, New York, rather than the comparatively massive Arthur R. Bowman Dam in Oregon.
Senators are barreling toward a clash with the Trump administration over how to deter and respond to cyberattacks. The Senate is taking up annual defense policy legislation this week that would set a national policy for cybersecurity and cyber warfare, an effort the Trump administration has fought in the past, arguing it would infringe on the president’s authorities.
Chinese government hackers have compromised the computers of a Navy contractor, stealing massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare -- including secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on U.S. submarines by 2020, according to American officials.
The five states with the worst cyber hygiene rankings were Florida, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico and Illinois. In those states, 72 percent of respondents to Webroot's survey said they share their passwords, and nearly half never back up their data.
It has been more than two months since the city of Atlanta suffered a cyberattack that left most computer systems down for days, and some for weeks. Still, little is public about how the city plans to set things right over the long-term. While the city has been communicative about working with the FBI and private partners to get systems back online, few details are known
Cybersecurity experts are warning that a sophisticated Russia-linked hacking campaign has infected more devices than previously reported. Experts at Cisco’s threat intelligence arm Talos said their new findings reveal that the dangerous malware, dubbed VPNFilter, has not only compromised more routers in small or home offices, but it also has more capabilities than they had initially found.
The hacking threat to critical infrastructure in the United States and beyond is growing larger, with nation states and other malicious actors looking to gain a foothold in sensitive technologies to conduct espionage and potentially stage disruptive or destructive attacks.
The Department of Commerce and Department of Homeland Security Secretaries publicly released their report to the President, Supporting the Growth and Sustainment of the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce.
As Americans increasingly fill their homes with smart technology, the risk of hackers exploiting their devices is growing. Experts say the expanding ecosystem of internet-connected devices such as smart thermostats, home security systems and electric door locks are increasingly susceptible to hackers, including those trying to leverage voice-command devices.