Skip to comments.US Is Victim of Massive Cyber Espionage Campaign
Posted on 02/11/2013 7:09:17 PM PST by BenLurkin
The U.S. is a victim of a massive and sustained campaign of cyber espionage, according to a classified intelligence assessment revealed by the Washington Post on Monday.
These periodic assessments, officially called National Intelligence Estimates (NIE), are issued by the Director of National Intelligence to express the general consensus of the intelligence community and to inform policymakers.
That the United States is the target of a large cyber espionage campaign seems like a foregone conclusion, given recent developments. In the last few weeks, there have been reports of complex cyber attacks against papers like the New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, both attributed to Chinese hackers. And the U.S. government has pointed the finger at Iran, accusing the Islamic republic of being behind a string of attacks against U.S. banks.
Also in January, online security giant Kaspersky Lab uncovered a giant cyber espionage operation codenamed Red October, which experts believed was carried out by either Russia or China.
China is deemed by the report as the biggest American enemy in the cyber world. France, Israel and Russia are also included in the report, but these last three countries' espionage efforts "pale in comparison" to China's.
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Stop buying things from China.
Superbowl blackout: hacking...?
WaPo and the ‘Rats go way back together. They are OG.
Yep! They’re ‘meme-ing’ it to death. Been given their talking points.
...the question I have is how much of it is done by the [federal] government.
Exactly. “Anonymous” is certainly questionable with the latest attacks on the Fed. From what I’ve seen, it’s ho-hum, but played up on Twitter.
I hope no one has downloaded ANY encrypted files from their ‘raids’ in hopes that some security key is released. I smell a trap in hopes TO get the internet on lockdown.
Isn't it just amazing that the Washington post decides to publish this type of story today, in light of the fact that the White House is poised to release an executive order from Der Fuhrer aimed at thwarting cyberattacks against critical infrastructure on Wednesday?
I'm preparing to be shocked halfway out of my socks when unspecified "attacks" inexplicably "force" the feral government to "wrest control" of undefined "portions" of the internet from unspecified "attackers." Vaguely worded "preliminary damage assessments" will "indicate" the problem may take feral government scientists and engineers as long as ten days to "restore to working order."
Rugged individuals masquerading as "journalists" in the failed main stream "news" media will be too busy filing progress reports to waste time looking into rumors hundreds and perhaps even thousands of "right wing sniper assault high-powered cop killer war weapon child pornography racist advocacy and anarchic socially irresponsible violent insurrection extremism" sites have vanished into the ether.
Oh, by the way, we, umm... do have a back-up means of communication, don't we?
There is an easy counterattack. Immediately impose a 100% tariff on Chinese products imported into this country. Their economy will implode as it is production driven and its factories need large volumes from foreign purchasers to survive. To remain competitive in the US market, Chinese companies will have to slash prices thereby destroying profit margins and cash for investment.
The Chinese are in an economic war with the US. It is not free trade. Time to fight fire with fire.
Oh, by the way, we, umm... do have a back-up means of communication, don’t we?
Got ham radio? ;-) Smoke signals from burning tires may be an option with this crowd we have in DC.
What was it Pat Buchanon said back in 1996?
Wow, this is my surprised face.
Look. Look at how surprised I am.
Another own goal for the “free trade” suckers.
Bread bread with communists.... end up with a knife in your back. Wow. Where have I heard this before?...
I’m not really wiling to pay $15 for a toothbrush or $1500 for a smart phone made in the USA. Our labor costs has priced us out of most of. The manufacturing needed to maintain ourselves.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not really in the mood to slave away on some assembly line making worthless crap either.
You figure out the solution to those two problems and you will be amazed at how the “evils” of free trade just solve themselves.
The biggest cyber espionage threat in the US is the Federal Government on its own people.
How often are national threats published?
This is a load of bullshit in my opinion. The goal of these alerts is to warm up the citizens to increased tyranny.
I respect the efforts of our fellow citizens in the area of national security; doubtful, however, about the intent related to these reports.
They have the keys, it was given to them as payback toward a bigger prize...........surrender.
Wanna know how much the price of a iPhone might go up if it were produced here rather than the PRC?
People mistakenly think that the big reason for moving production off-shore is the price of the labor. In consumer electronics, it isn’t. It’s the currency arb, easy tax environment and the ability to site everything in the supply chain within close proximity.
And getting those jobs filled is easy. There are people lining up hundreds deep to work in slaughterhouses when they raid illegals out of the slaughterhouses, they’ll line up even deeper to work on an assembly line where you’re not knee-deep in blood and guts all day.
There are no coincidences. This is pretty damn blatant.
Having actually worked in computer security, I don’t think these reports are bogus.
We’ve known for over a decade (!) that the PLA has an organized effort to penetrate US corporate networks to steal intellectual property.
The Chinese are becoming more and more brazen. Closing these holes doesn’t require a federal response at all - and a federal response won’t help. What will help is American corporate management getting their heads out of their rectums.
Yes, the Obama administration is pushing their “cyber-security” BS. Most companies will likely just ignore it, the way they’ve ignored security issues for over 10 years.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t a threat. All corporate management has to do is realize that they need to spend money on corporate network security, and some of the money they need to spend is on training of their employees, especially middle and upper management. The worst practices in personal data security are often the result of idiot senior managers who think using a computer properly is beneath them.
Just applying some melodramatic license...
No doubt the reports are in some way connected to real events, but I’m suspicious of the PR. This kind of vulnerability is not new.
>> Closing these holes doesnt require a federal response at all - and a federal response wont help.
Agreed, but it’s a “crisis that doesn’t need to go to waste” — if you know what I’m saying...
Oh, you’re absolutely right that there’s nothing new here. Absolutely nothing is a front-page article in any security journal.
The Federal Reserve got hacked recently. There’s all manner of reports of outfits that have gotten hacked that they kept quiet. Rather than keeping the whole matter hush-hush, they should be closing the holes.
But nooooo... the idiots down in DC think that it’s just about another press release.