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A Cyber-Pearl Harbor On Horizon?
IBD Editorials ^ | July 15, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 07/15/2011 5:28:21 PM PDT by Kaslin

Security: The Pentagon has disclosed perhaps the largest theft of sensitive data by an unnamed foreign government. The threat to our electronic infrastructure is real, growing and as dangerous as a North Korean missile.

In outlining America's cyberwarfare strategy last Thursday at the National Defense University, Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn disclosed that 24,000 sensitive files containing Pentagon data at a defense company were accessed in a cyberattack in March, likely by a foreign government.

He didn't disclose the identity of that government, but in a bit of an understatement he acknowledged, "We have a pretty good idea." So do we: the People's Republic of China. In addition to conventional and nuclear weaponry, China has invested a great deal of time and treasure in what is known as "asymmetrical warfare" — the ability to exploit an enemy's weakness rather than just try to match it tank for tank.

American military strategy is dependent on high-tech communications and surveillance. Our economy runs on high tech, and it is that very dependence that makes it vulnerable. The Chinese have long been probing our cyberdefense like the burglar searching for that one unlocked door.

At his Senate confirmation hearing last month to become defense secretary, Leon Panetta cited "a strong likelihood that the next Pearl Harbor" could well be a cyberattack that cripples the U.S. power grid and financial and government systems. That attack could come from a foreign government or computer-savvy terrorists.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: bhodefense; china; computersecurity; cyberwar; cyberwarfare; defense; dotcommie; hacker; hackers; ibd; itsecurity; military; nationaldefense; nationalsecurity; pentagon

1 posted on 07/15/2011 5:28:24 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

When the Red Chinese get that “industrial” complex set up just south of Boise they will have a fine little base of operations. Here.


2 posted on 07/15/2011 5:34:50 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me, Make Me write Bad Checks)
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To: bigheadfred

what?? what??


3 posted on 07/15/2011 5:59:06 PM PDT by bitt (I don’t want illegal aliens persecuted. I want them PROSECUTED)
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To: Kaslin

Cyber-Pearl WHO CARES? OBAMA CUTS PENTAGON BUDGET!!!


4 posted on 07/15/2011 6:12:34 PM PDT by conservativeimage.com (I'll be civil when the government stops crushing my balls.)
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To: Kaslin

A person I trust told me about this the other day. She knew because her friend works with this kind of stuff and has been all over the country lately. He says it is Russia.


5 posted on 07/15/2011 6:16:34 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Kaslin
Why is DoD or any DoD contractor
using Microsoft on the Internet ?

6 posted on 07/15/2011 6:50:19 PM PDT by Uriíel-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: bitt
INSANITY
7 posted on 07/15/2011 7:06:28 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me, Make Me write Bad Checks)
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To: Kaslin

If you count Chinese espionage the attack has already happened.


8 posted on 07/15/2011 7:18:24 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: Kaslin

This is not news to anyone in the computer security, only to those who hold the purse strings who think their IT security folks are just paranoid ninnies.


9 posted on 07/15/2011 7:29:36 PM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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10 posted on 07/15/2011 7:42:26 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Uri’el-2012
Why is DoD or any DoD contractor using Microsoft on the Internet ?

It baffles me, frankly. The security config guide for Windows XP is about 150 pages long - why would anyone want to put up with that just to be able to crank out crappy classified Powerpoint presentations?

11 posted on 07/15/2011 7:44:46 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Nachum; markomalley; Clairity; Carlucci; grey_whiskers; meyer; WL-law; Para-Ord.45; ...

National security ping


12 posted on 07/15/2011 8:10:50 PM PDT by raptor22 (Join me on Twitter @gerfingerpoken)
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To: Kaslin

Oh, that attack has already been successfully accomplished !

Aside from what’s been revealed by the Pentagon, there’s multiple issues of bogus/inferior aircraft hardware issuing from China. Everything from rivets to bolts to
computer chips complete with a “back door” enabling those with the key to disable them at will.

Now ask your congresscritter and local “watermelon” “why” we don’t have secure domestic sources of these critical parts/materials. >PS


13 posted on 07/15/2011 8:12:16 PM PDT by PiperShade
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To: Kaslin

What do you expect when your President is Inspector Clouseau.


14 posted on 07/15/2011 8:13:45 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Kaslin

De-Res


15 posted on 07/15/2011 8:41:53 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: bigheadfred

You got that right. That little project needs to be stopped cold.


16 posted on 07/15/2011 8:45:18 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

With the way we handle the crap coming over the southern border, this little exercise in complete stupidity may do us in.


17 posted on 07/15/2011 9:01:28 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me, Make Me write Bad Checks)
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To: Kaslin

Mass systems = mass vulnerability. This is just one reason why I am against BRAC in an age of terrorism. We need more bases in more locations, not fewer.


18 posted on 07/16/2011 7:15:40 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (To ACLU & its plaintiffs: Stop dragging the public into your personal struggle w/ God. -Mark Baisley)
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To: Texas Eagle
What do you expect when your President is Inspector Clouseau.


And here I thought he was the Pink Panther.

(You learn something every day on FR!)

19 posted on 07/16/2011 7:21:32 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (To ACLU & its plaintiffs: Stop dragging the public into your personal struggle w/ God. -Mark Baisley)
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To: raptor22; ASA Vet; BIGLOOK; LonePalm

Thanks for the ping.

A brother/sister combo of younger relatives with a long back ground in computers/programming and foriegn languages have been concerned about this potential for decades.


20 posted on 07/16/2011 8:25:36 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: Grampa Dave
While I am concerned at what others can do to us, they should also be VERY worried about what we can do to them.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

21 posted on 07/16/2011 9:28:25 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: raptor22

Thanks for the ping.


22 posted on 07/16/2011 1:21:37 PM PDT by GOPJ (Honk if I'm paying for your car, your mortgage, and your big, fat Greek bailout - mewzilla)
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To: Kaslin

23 posted on 07/16/2011 2:00:06 PM PDT by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: Kaslin

24 posted on 07/16/2011 2:08:38 PM PDT by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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"War in the 5th Domain," in the Economist, Jul 1 2010.
25 posted on 07/16/2011 2:11:35 PM PDT by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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