A major element of China's continent-spanning Belt and Road Initiative has nothing to do with roads, ports or power plants. Rather, the "Digital Silk Road" aims to construct communications networks across the developing world. Many fear Beijing could use those tools for electronic surveillance.
How concerned should Americans be about a White House shuffle that removed the cybersecurity coordinator position? Significantly concerned, according to a collection of top cybersecurity policy experts gathered by the Atlantic Council think tank. White House National Security Adviser John Bolton eliminated the cybersecurity coordinator position soon after taking office in May.
Staged in five rounds over six months, CyberPatriot pits teams of middle and high school students against each other as they try to secure their simulated computers against everything from malware and hackers to disgruntled former employees. More than 25,000 students across the U.S. competed this year.
This weeklong Girl Scout Cyber Camp is the first in the region and among the first in the nation. Soon the badges will follow. The Girl Scouts, along with Palo Alto Networks, will be unveiling its official Cybersecurity badges for Daisy, Brownie and Junior (grades K through 5) Girl Scouts this summer. Badges for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (grades 6 to 12) will roll out in 2019.
On Wednesday, a security researcher named Vinny Troia said he stumbled on a massive database containing the detailed records of 340 million people --all of which was mistakenly made available online. "It seems like this is a database with pretty much every U.S. citizen in it," Troia told the magazine.
Fresh concerns over Chinese espionage are gripping Washington as lawmakers fear Beijing is gaining sensitive details on U.S. technologies. Lawmakers are scrutinizing the Pentagon over its efforts to keep military secrets safe from hackers, after Chinese actors allegedly breached a Navy contractor’s computer and collected data on submarine technology.
A China-based cyber group is carrying out an extensive hacking campaign by targeting satellite, telecom and defense companies in the United States and Southeast Asia, a U.S. cybersecurity firm warned this week. The motive of the hacking group, known as "Thrip," is likely national cyber espionage, security researchers at Symantec Corp. said on Tuesday.
As the world's largest economies threaten tit-for-tat tariffs, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro tore into Chinese trade practices aimed at stealing American companies' intellectual property. U.S. officials have long complained that intellectual property theft has cost the economy billions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs.
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.