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  • FICTITIOUS FEMME FATALE FOOLED CYBERSECURITY Intel, Defense Specialists Fell For Ruse in Test

    07/24/2010 12:21:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    WASHINGTON ^ | 8:07 p.m., Sunday, July 18, 2010 | By Shaun Waterman
    SNIPPET: "But Robin Sage did not exist. Her profile was a ruse set up by security consultant Thomas Ryan as part of an effort to expose weaknesses in the nation's defense and intelligence communities - what Mr. Ryan calls "an independent 'red team' exercise."" SNIPPET: "Another person involved at a senior level in the U.S. military's cybersecurity efforts, who asked for anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the case, called it "an object lesson in the dangers of social networking." "People feel they are safe" on the Internet, he said, but in reality, "it is a perfect...
  • A Bad Bill: “Protecting Cyberspace As National Asset Act”

    07/01/2010 3:31:39 PM PDT · by craigs2040 · 5 replies
    craigs2040 ^ | 7/1/10 | craigs2040
    The U.S. Congress is considering legislation entitled Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010. There is a version in the House and Senate. The Senate’s is moving along, sponsored by Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and is cosponsored by Republican Susan Collins (R-ME). This proposed bill is intended to protect U.S. citizens from cyber attacks, but I argue that is intended to partially scare citizens and is littered with flaws. Largely, I find Jeffrey Carr’s summary of to be accurate. The bill creates the “White House Office for Cyberspace Policy” and a “National Center for Cyber-security and Communications.” These...
  • A Bad Bill: Protecting Cyberspace As A National Asset

    The U.S. Congress is considering legislation entitled Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010. There is a version in the House and Senate. The Senate’s is moving along, sponsored by Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and is cosponsored by Republican Susan Collins (R-ME). This proposed bill is intended to protect U.S. citizens from cyber attacks, but I argue that is intended to partially scare citizens and is littered with flaws. Largely, I find Jeffrey Carr’s summary of to be accurate. The bill creates the “White House Office for Cyberspace Policy” and a “National Center for Cyber-security and Communications.” These...
  • Obama Internet kill switch plan approved by US Senate (Committee)

    06/26/2010 10:03:14 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 97 replies
    Tech World ^ | June 25, 2010 | Grant Gross
    A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack. Senator Joe Lieberman and other bill sponsors have refuted the charges that the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act gives the president an Internet "kill switch." Instead, the bill puts limits on the powers the president already has to cause "the closing of any facility or stations for wire communication" in a time of war, as described in the Communications Act of 1934, they said in a...
  • Bill Would Put DHS in Charge of All Civilian Computer Networks (net neutrality on steroids)

    06/19/2010 3:07:31 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 53 replies · 2,022+ views
    National terror alert ^ | June 10th, 2010 | national
    New legislation expected to be introduced today would give the Homeland Security Department broad new authorities and powers over federal civilian networks. The bill, however, does not include a “kill switch” for private sector networks, as widely reported previously. The legislation, Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010, sponsored by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), would move the responsibility of civilian agency cybersecurity to DHS from the Office of Management and Budget, according to a summary of the bill obtained by Federal News Radio. The responsibility to develop, oversee and enforce IT...
  • US Finally Catching Up on Cyber Defense

    06/15/2010 5:06:35 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 2 replies · 222+ views
    Newsmax ^ | June 4, 2010 | Arnaud De Borchgrave
    He speaks nine languages, taught himself Icelandic in a week and invented his own language he calls Manti. The 31-year-old autistic savant does complex celestial computations in seconds, sees hundreds of numbers on a blackboard once and can recite them in the correct sequence minutes later. Daniel Tammet possesses synesthesia. Not only does he see numbers but also feels them. He is one in hundreds of millions, as he demonstrated on ABC's "20/20" this week. But when the "singularity" arrives — that moment in history when the supercomputer capable of trillions of moves per second will have reached parity with...
  • The next 9/11 could be in cyberspace

    06/11/2010 7:28:44 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 18 replies · 417+ views
    International Business Times ^ | June 10, 2010 | Joseph Picard
    That's the warning from federal lawmakers who today introduced a bill to prevent a catastrophic cyber attack upon a power grid or the banking system from ever happening, and to defend against a multitude of other, perhaps less devastating cyber assaults against the government, the businesses and the people of the United States. "The threat of a cyber attack is very real," said Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), at a press conference introducing the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010, a bill she co-sponsored with Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Thomas Carper (D-DE). "We cannot wait for a...
  • Leaders to discuss cybersecurity threats

    05/05/2010 5:47:35 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 191+ views
    Nine News ^ | May 6, 2010 | Chris Lefkow
    Government officials and business leaders from around the world will discuss the growing threat to cybersecurity, at a three-day meeting in Texas. The Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit, hosted by the EastWest Institute (EWI), opens in Dallas on Monday and will feature discussions on ways to protect the world's digital infrastructure from electronic threats. The summit is being held following sophisticated cyberattacks on Google which the internet giant said originated in China. US President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser James Jones and White House cybersecurity co-ordinator Howard Schmidt are expected to address the summit. The EWI, a non-partisan think tank, is bringing...
  • Palin Testifies At E-Mail Hacking Trial

    04/23/2010 1:05:02 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 70 replies · 1,988+ views
    NPR ^ | 04/23/2010
    Sarah Palin testified Friday against a 22-year-old man accused of hacking into her e-mail account, saying later it's up to the judge to decide whether he should serve prison time if convicted. Palin testified that the hacking compromised one of the main ways she communicated with her family back in Alaska as she campaigned in 2008 as the Republican vice presidential candidate. Outside the courthouse, when asked whether she thought community service was punishment enough rather than prison, she said, "That's up to the judge." Former University of Tennessee student David Kernell faces up to 50 years in federal prison...
  • Hordes of Honkers Out To Raise Hell

    04/04/2010 9:16:46 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 11 replies · 553+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | April 4, 2010
    Many nations are taking advantage of the Internet to encourage, or even organize, patriotic Internet users to obtain hacking skills. This enables the government to use (often informally) these thousands of hackers to attack enemies (foreign or domestic.) These organizations arrange training and mentoring to improve the skills of group members. Turkey has over 44,000 of these hackers, Saudi Arabia has over 100,000, Iraq has over 40,000, Russia over 100,000 and China, over 400,000. While many of these Cyber Warriors are rank amateurs, even the least skilled can be given simple tasks. And out of their ranks will emerge more...
  • Senate panel passes Cybersecurity Act with revised "kill switch" language

    03/31/2010 7:35:55 AM PDT · by Señor Zorro · 24 replies · 537+ views
    OpenCongress ^ | 2010-03-29 | Donny Shaw
    Last April, Sen. Jay Rockefeller [D, WV] (pictured at right), the Chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, introduced the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 to his committee. The goal of the bill was to develop a public-private plan for strengthening national security in the case of internet-based attacks. But it stalled almost immediately because of a controversial provision that would have give the President unilateral authority to declare a cybersecurity emergency and then shut down or limit access to parts of the internet without any oversight or explanation. A couple weeks ago, Sen. Rockefeller partnered with Sen. Olympia Snowe...
  • Training the next Cyber Warriors

    03/27/2010 4:09:03 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 2 replies · 150+ views
    Fox news ^ | March 26, 2010 | Adam Housley
    By some estimates we will need nearly 60,000 newly trained cyber defense warriors (as they are called), just in the next 3 years to help stop the threats to U.S. interests, companies and friends around the globe. That number is staggering when you realize that much of the hacking that exists today is unknown. For example, for every hacker like Francois who clearly wants to be known, there are hundreds who want to do just the opposite....they just want to sneak in, get the info and then sneak out......never detected.
  • Internet Crime Losses Doubled In 2009

    03/12/2010 12:05:52 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 3 replies · 140+ views
    IBD's Click ^ | 3/12/2010 | Mike Krey
    Internet crime’s always been a problem, of course, but the magnitude of the problem has taken a big leap. The Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership of the National While Collar Crime Center and the FBI, today presented its annual report, and it’s a doozy. The dollar loss associated with Internet crime complaints received by IC3 last year jumped to $559.7 million from $264.6 million in 2008. That’s a 112% increase.
  • Nuke hack attack puts military on high alert (Fake report over govt systems Okinawa nuked)

    03/09/2010 12:42:45 AM PST · by tlb · 20 replies · 352+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 08, 2010 | Mike Maloof
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A message that North Korea had conducted a nuclear attack on the Japanese island of Okinawa turned out to be false, but the fact it was delivered via U.S. military communications has prompted a high alert, according to U.S. officials who asked to remain anonymous. U.S. military channels were hacked either by the Chinese or North Koreans, the source said. Access to such communications – even unclassified military systems – suggests a serious breach of technology security. "Today, March 06, 2010 at 11.46 AM local time (UTC/GMT -5 hours),US seismographic stations recorded seismic activity in the area...
  • Cybersecurity: Progress Made but Challenges Remain...

    03/06/2010 1:30:35 PM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies · 154+ views
    Note: This is a SNIPPET only. Quote: GAO U.S. GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE "Cybersecurity: Progress Made but Challenges Remain in Defining and Coordinating the Comprehensive National Initiative" GAO-10-338 March 5, 2010 SNIPPET: "Summary In response to the ongoing threats to federal systems and operations posed by cyber attacks, President Bush established the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) in 2008. This initiative consists of a set of projects aimed at reducing vulnerabilities, protecting against intrusions, and anticipating future threats. GAO was asked to determine (1) what actions have been taken to develop interagency mechanisms to plan and coordinate CNCI activities and...
  • White House declassifies secretive cyber-security plan

    03/05/2010 10:49:08 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies · 387+ views ^ | March 3, 2010 | By: Alejandro Martinez-Cabrera
    Security experts often stress the urgency and importance of stronger collaboration between the private and public sectors if we hope to turn the tide against the growing number of cyber-threats on the nation's economy and security. So many were happy to hear the Obama administration's top cyber-security official, Howard Schmidt, say in one of his first public addresses since he took the job last year that improving these partnerships will be a priority of his office. And to that effect, Schmidt's office declassified today some of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative documents, a secretive plan drafted by the Bush administration...
  • Cyber warriors gather as online battles rage

    03/01/2010 12:59:04 AM PST · by xtinct · 28 replies · 1,807+ views
    Space War ^ | 2/28/10 | Staff Writers
    US national security leaders and top cyber warriors from around the world are gathering here to plot defenses against criminals and spies that increasingly plague the Internet. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and White House Cyber Security Coordinator Howard Schmidt will take part in this week's RSA conference along with computer defense companies and technology icons such as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Craigslist creator Craig Newmark. "We have before us more data moving into the cloud and more sophisticated cyber criminals," said Qualys chief executive Philippe Courtot, who is among the keynote speakers at the premier event that kicks...
  • White House declassifies parts of US cybersecurity plan

    03/02/2010 11:41:55 PM PST · by UAConservative · 4 replies · 401+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | March 2, 2010 | Michael B. Farrell
    On Tuesday, the White House declassified cybersecurity somewhat when cybersecurity czar Howard Schmidt pulled back the curtain, at least a bit, on the Bush administration’s secretive plan to defend the nation’s computer networks. At the RSA Conference, a security industry event, in San Francisco Tuesday, Mr. Schmidt announced that the Obama administration was partially declassifying the 2008 Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) in the name of transparency. “Transparency is particularly vital in areas, such as the CNCI, where there have been legitimate questions about sensitive topics like the role of the intelligence community in cybersecurity,” said Schmidt in a statement...
  • WH declassifies excerpts from Bush-era cybersecurity report

    03/02/2010 2:14:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies · 298+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/2/10 | Tony Romm
    The White House on Tuesday made public excerpts of a previously classified report on cybersecurity prepared by the Bush adminisration. The report prescribes that the president "establish a front line of defense" and better address emerging cybersecurity threats. It also calls on both White House officials and lawmakers to boost domestic Web security programs, especially with respect to the federal government's classified networks, while expanding cybersecurity research and education programs.
  • Cybersecurity bill to give president new emergency powers

    02/27/2010 4:22:36 AM PST · by RoadTest · 64 replies · 2,469+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/26/10 02:30 PM ET | Tony Romm
    The president would have the power to safeguard essential federal and private Web resources under draft Senate cybersecurity legislation. According to an aide familiar with the proposal, the bill includes a mandate for federal agencies to prepare emergency response plans in the event of a massive, nationwide cyberattack. The president would then have the ability to initiate those network contingency plans to ensure key federal or private services did not go offline during a cyberattack of unprecedented scope, the aide said. Ultimately, the legislation is chiefly the brainchild of Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the chairman and...
  • US Would Lose Cyber War: Ex-Spy Chief

    02/23/2010 7:52:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 514+ views
    InformationWeek ^ | February 24, 2010 | J. Nicholas Hoover
    Michael McConnell, former director of national intelligence, warns that the threat of a cyberattack rivals nuclear weapons in terms of seriousness.The risk of a catastrophic cyberattack is approaching the gravity of the nuclear risk, according to the Bush administration's top spy. "The cyber risk has become so important that, in my view, it rivals nuclear weapons in terms of seriousness," Michael McConnell, former director of national intelligence, said Tuesday at a hearing of the Senate committee on commerce, transportation, and technology. McConnell warned in striking terms that the United States was not prepared either for cyber warfare or cyber criminals....
  • US would lose cyberwar: former intel chief

    02/23/2010 11:47:15 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 468+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/23/2010 | AFP
    The United States would lose a cyberwar if it fought one today, a former US intelligence chief has warned. Michael McConnell, a retired US Navy vice admiral who served as ex-president George W. Bush's director of national intelligence, also compared the danger of cyberwar to the nuclear threat posed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. "If we went to war today in a cyberwar, we would lose," McConnell told a hearing Tuesday on cybersecurity held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. "We're the most vulnerable, we're the most connected, we have the most to lose....
  • In a doomsday cyber attack scenario, answers are unsettling

    02/21/2010 9:10:03 PM PST · by bamahead · 23 replies · 847+ views
    LA Times ^ | February 17, 2010 | Bob Drogin
    What if a crippling attack struck the country's digital infrastructure? Experts including current and former officials tackle the question. The results show that the peril is real and growing. The crisis began when college basketball fans downloaded a free March Madness application to their smart phones. The app hid spyware that stole passwords, intercepted e-mails and created havoc. Soon 60 million cellphones were dead. The Internet crashed, finance and commerce collapsed, and most of the nation's electric grid went dark. White House aides discussed putting the Army in American cities. "We're in uncharted territory here," was the most common refrain...
  • Intel Chief: US at Risk of Crippling Cyber Attack

    02/03/2010 9:12:41 AM PST · by Kartographer · 29 replies · 421+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 2/3/10
    The United States is at risk of a crippling cyber attack that could "wreak havoc" on the country because the "technological balance" makes it much easier to launch a cyber strike than defend against it, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said Tuesday.
  • China Takes On A Horde Of Naked Women

    01/16/2010 5:17:52 AM PST · by myknowledge · 18 replies · 1,315+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | January 15, 2010
    Over the last year, China has made a major effort to protect adult Internet users from pornography, and children on the Internet from, well, everything. In that time, China has closed over 15,000 websites it considered pornographic. In doing this, over 1.5 million images, videos and other items were removed from the Internet. Over 5,000 people were arrested, and over 1,500 were prosecuted. As for the children, well, last May, the government notified all companies selling computers in China that, as of July 1st, they had to install new filtering software (called "Green Dam Youth Escort"). This was mainly an...
  • Obama names Howard Schmidt as cybersecurity coordinator [Cybersecurity Czar?]

    12/22/2009 12:09:07 PM PST · by UAConservative · 8 replies · 286+ views
    WaPo ^ | December 22, 2009 | Ellen Nakashima and Debbi Wilgoren
    Seven months after President Obama vowed to "personally select" an adviser to orchestrate the government's strategy for protecting computer systems, the White House on Tuesday tapped a former Bush administration official for the job. Howard A. Schmidt, who was a cyber-adviser in President George W. Bush's White House, will be Obama's new cybersecurity coordinator, an administration official said Monday night. A letter announcing the appointment was posted on the White House Web site early Tuesday. The letter said Schmidt will "have regular access to the President and serve as a key member of his National Security Staff. He will also...
  • W.H. taps former Microsoft, eBay exec as new cyber czar

    12/22/2009 9:04:47 AM PST · by RGirard · 11 replies · 652+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 22, 2009 | Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON – The White House has tapped a corporate cyber security expert and former Bush administration official to lead the effort to shore up the country's computer networks and better coordinate with companies that operate 80 percent of those critical systems. Howard A. Schmidt, a former eBay and Microsoft executive, will become the government's cyber security coordinator, weathering a rocky selection process that dragged on for months, as others turned the job down. In a letter posted on the White House web site Tuesday, John Brennan, assistant to President Barack Obama for homeland security and counterterrorism, said Schmidt will have...
  • US spy planes ‘hacked’ with off-the-shelf software

    12/17/2009 4:38:32 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 57 replies · 1,949+ views
    Information Age ^ | 17 December 2009 | Pete Swabey
    Iraqi insurgents intercepted Predator drone communications using $26 tool, according to report Insurgents in Iraq were able to intercept video images transmitted by the US army’s unmanned spy planes using software cheaply available on the Internet, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The insurgents were not able to control the Predator drones, but military personnel told the newspaper that tactical advantages may have been compromised by the breach. It came to light when US soldiers captured a laptop belonging to insurgents, and found that it contained video images from a Predator drone. The WSJ report cites a...
  • UK: Every phone call, email and internet click stored by 'state spying' databases

    11/09/2009 3:37:14 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 19 replies · 619+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/9/2009 | Richard Edwards
    All telecoms companies and internet service providers will be required by law to keep a record of every customer's personal communications, showing who they are contacting, when, where and which websites they are visiting. Despite widespread opposition over Britain's growing surveillance society, 653 public bodies will be given access to the confidential information, including police, local councils, the Financial Services Authority, the Ambulance Service, fire authorities and even prison governors. They will not require the permission of a judge or a magistrate to access the information, but simply the authorisation of a senior police officer or the equivalent of a...
  • Collins opposes White House cyber czar

    11/04/2009 8:06:49 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 485+ views
    Federal Computer Week ^ | 11/02/2009 | Ben Bain
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the top-ranking Republican on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today argued against establishing a new cybersecurity coordinator position at the White House. Rather than have a new White House “cyber czar” oversee cybersecurity efforts, the Homeland Security Department should be given greater resources and authority to secure civilian networks, Collins said during a speech in Washington. She called for establishing a cybersecurity center at DHS with a “strong and empowered leader” who would also serve as principal cybersecurity adviser to the president. Under the government's overall computer security strategy, DHS is responsible for protecting...
  • Debate heats up over cybersecurity regulations for electric utilities

    11/03/2009 12:59:14 PM PST · by Cindy · 3 replies · 281+ views ^ | 10/27/2009 | BY JILL R. AITORO
    Representatives from the electrical industry sharply criticized on Tuesday a proposal in the House to extend federal regulation to include local power plants in major cities to protect them and the national power grid from cyberattacks. Under the 1935 Federal Power Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission enforces security standards for most of the nation's power plants, including facilities and control networks -- known as bulk power systems -- that connect power systems. But the commission does not have regulatory jurisdiction over electrical systems outside the continental United States and to local distribution facilities, which include some in large cities...
  • NSA To Build $1.5 Billion Cybersecurity Data Center

    11/02/2009 1:56:50 PM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies · 1,532+ views
    Information Week ^ | 10/29/2009 | J. Nicholas Hoover
    The National Security Agency, whose job it is to protect national security systems, will soon break ground on a data center in Utah that's budgeted to cost $1.5 billion. The NSA is building the facility to provide intelligence and warnings related to cybersecurity threats, cybersecurity support to defense and civilian agency networks, and technical assistance to the Department of Homeland Security, according to a transcript of remarks by Glenn Gaffney, deputy director of national intelligence for collection, who is responsible for oversight of cyber intelligence activities in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. "Our country must continue to...
  • South Korea Accuses North Korea of Launching Cyber Attacks

    11/02/2009 1:57:21 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 256+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | November 2, 2009 7:40 AM | Michael Barkoviak
    North Korea launched the cyber attack against South Korea and the United States The South Korean government is now blaming North Korea of launching organized cyber attacks against websites belonging to South Korea and the U.S. earlier in the year.Due to malicious software, numerous U.S. and S.K. Web sites were slowed or ground to a complete stop during the attack, as cyber experts scrambled to pinpoint the source of the problem. According to experts, the IP address traced to the attacks was leased from China, the South Korean National Intelligence Service noted in its report. “The attacks on Korean and...
  • New $1.5B Cyber Defense Data Center Set for Construction

    10/31/2009 7:27:23 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 568+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | October 30, 2009 11:01 AM | Shane McGlaun (Blog)
    The center will provide intelligence and warnings on cyber security threats when completeIn today's modern world, communications and access to network resources are a vital part of our infrastructure and our defense capability. An increasing number of cyber security threats pose a risk to our country by disrupting communications and data networks at home. To help combat the risk of cyber security threats, the NSA is set to build a new $1.5 billion cyber security data center to help provide intelligence and warnings related to cyber security threats across the government. InformationWeek reports that the NSA will soon break ground...
  • Cyber criminals target Australian networks

    10/30/2009 10:10:38 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 418+ views ^ | Updated Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:45am AEDT | By national security correspondent Matt Brown
    Related Story: Australia 'must prepare for cyber attack' SNIPPET: "More evidence is emerging of sophisticated attacks by criminals and foreign governments on Australia's computer networks. Government officials from the spy organisation ASIO, as well as federal police and computer security experts, have joined forces with the top-secret Defence Signals Directorate since July. The Cyber Security Operations Centre has found attacks on company information, apparently conducted by organised crime, which turn out to have national security implications."
  • DHS to hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity experts

    10/02/2009 1:27:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1,175+ views
    cnn ^ | 10/02/09 | Carol Cratty
    The Department of Homeland Security will hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity experts over the next three years to help protect U.S. computer networks, an Obama administration official said. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano seeks to hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity experts. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano seeks to hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity experts. "Cybersecurity is one of our most urgent priorities," said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in making the announcement Thursday. She unveiled the plans at an event marking the beginning of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
  • How much government control of Web in cybercrisis?

    09/26/2009 12:59:15 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies · 462+ views
    AP ^ | September 26, 2009
    WASHINGTON — There’s no kill switch for the Internet, no secret on-off button in an Oval Office drawer. Yet when a Senate committee was exploring ways to secure computer networks, a provision to give the president the power to shut down Internet traffic to compromised Web sites in an emergency set off alarms. Corporate leaders and privacy advocates quickly objected, saying the government must not seize control of the Internet.
  • U.S. Secret Service Joins TSCP for Global Collaboration in the Fight against Cyber Crime

    09/24/2009 12:56:28 AM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 231+ views
    TSCP PR - YN ^ | 22 September 2009 | TSCP PR
    The rise of cyber attacks - and the call for global collaboration on solutions that reduce the threat - has led the United States Secret Service to become the sixth government agency to join Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program (TSCP). The move reflects a growing awareness of the need for a united effort and common solutions to defend against the advanced persistent threat of cyber attacks against nations and commercial organizations alike. High-profile attacks, such as GhostNet and the U.S. electrical grid infiltration, create the imperative for government agencies and private industry to work together on viable and robust solutions that...
  • MI5 hiring Asian teenagers to fight cyber terror

    09/21/2009 7:03:25 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 544+ views
    HINDUSTAN ^ | Last Updated: 02:44 IST(21/9/2009) | n/a
    “MI5 hiring Asian teenagers to fight cyber terror” London, September 21, 2009 First Published: 00:09 IST(21/9/2009) Last Updated: 02:44 IST(21/9/2009) SNIPPET: “MI5 head Jonathan Evans has told his staff that the recruits were essential to combat cyber terrorism which has been traced to China, Russia and Pakistan — the hackers have also intercepted messages from terrorists in Belmarsh maximum security prison, the newspaper said. In a report to Lord West, the Security Minister, Evans has revealed that during the summer over 1,000 hits were made on computers in Whitehall. Other targets have been air traffic control, power stations and the...
  • Could The Feds Seize The Internet?

    09/02/2009 5:34:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 2,524+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 2, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: A Senate bill lets the president "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "nongovernmental" computer networks and do what's needed to respond to the threat. Didn't they just collect our e-mail addresses?We wish this was just a piece of the fictional "Dr. Strangelove" that fell to the cutting-room floor, but it's not. It is a real piece of disturbingly vague legislation sponsored by Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. Senate Bill 773 would grant the administration emergency powers (where have we heard that before?) in the event of a cyberemergency that the president would have...
  • Call Your Senator Before This Blog Gets Shut Down

    09/01/2009 10:28:59 PM PDT · by aaronopine · 4 replies · 767+ views
    Aaron Opine Blog ^ | 9/1/09 | Aaron
    Being the proverbial engineer, I want facts and data. So once again I heard rumblings about another Bill before the Senate and I wanted to decide for myself if this is a bad deal for Americans and to know who is telling me the truth. This time it is Senate Bill 773, “Cybersecurity Act of 2009.” While I think cyber security is an important issue, the government is once again overstepping its bounds into an area in which it really has no business, nor any expertise. From my reading of the Bill, it is loaded with ambiguity and massive amounts...
  • The Internet: Al Gore Giveth and Barack Obama Taketh Away

    09/01/2009 10:31:47 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 3 replies · 362+ views
    Entitlement Syndrome ^ | 09/01/2009 | Scott Michaels
    Yes, I know Al Gore didn't really invent the Internet, and it's not that I'm against cyber security in any way, shape or form, but I find the latest Senate bill currently making the rounds (excerpt here), in which the President would be given authority to shut down all or part of the entity we call the Internet "in an emergency," to be a little worrisome. Let me say right up front that I'm not (yet) one-hundred percent suspicious of everything that Barack Obama and his enablers in the Congress get up to. For example, I'm fine with them occasionally...
  • Giving the President Access to Your Computer

    08/30/2009 2:17:09 PM PDT · by Scanian · 24 replies · 931+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | August 30, 2009 | Larrey Anderson
    Democrat Senator Jay Rockefeller and liberal Republican Olympia Snowe are still working on that comprehensive cyber security bill that would give the president control over private portions of the Internet. Rockefeller and Snowe first announced their idea last spring. CNET has obtained a copy of the new draft legislation S. 773. Part of the bill reads: (B) may, if the President finds it necessary for the national defense and security, and in co- ordination with relevant industry sectors, direct the national response to the cyber threat and the timely restoration of the affected critical in- frastructure information system or network;...
  • Presidential Authority to Shut Down the Internet?

    08/29/2009 3:49:42 AM PDT · by Phree Non-Phixion · 45 replies · 1,294+ views
    Common Sense 2020 ^ | 2009-08-28C | LukeAmerica2020
    A Senate bill, S-773, would offer President Obama emergency control of the Internet and may give him authority to shut down online traffic by seizing private networks. Details of a revised version of the CyberSecurity Act of 2009 emerged late Thursday (August 27th), months after an initial version authored by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). The original version was highly criticized in Silicon Valley as a dangerous government intrusion. The new version of the CyberSecurity Act of 2009 changes the wording to allow the President to “declare a cyber-security emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks. As with the original bill, however,...
  • Fl. Sen. Bill Nelson--cosponsor to S773--White House to control internet

    08/28/2009 3:09:57 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies · 1,128+ views
    Orange County Conservative Examiner ^ | August 28, 1:27 PM | Gregory Dail
    Obama-mania control of America continues, first the Census was pulled to the White House, now a bill that would give Obama and his unscrupulous cronies’ control of the internet is making its way through the Senate. The fact that Florida’s own, Bill Nelson, is a cosponsor is alarming and Central Floridians will not be happyThe sponsor and other cosponsors are: Sen Bayh, Evan [IN] - 4/2/2009 Sen Snowe, Olympia J. [ME] - 4/1/2009Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV (Sponsor) CNET has this quote in an article today: I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness," said Larry...
  • Rockefeller Refers to Obama’s Science Czar as ‘Walking on Water’

    08/28/2009 11:19:09 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies · 940+ views
    CNS News ^ | August 19, 2009 | Terence P Jeffery
    In a recent congressional hearing, Senate Commerce Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D.-W.V.) told John P. Holdren, President Barack Obama’s science czar, that he sometimes refers to Holdren as “walking on water.”
  • Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

    08/28/2009 8:13:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 526 replies · 19,208+ views
    CNET ^ | August 28, 2009 12:34 AM PDT | Declan McCullagh
    Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet. They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency. The new version would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer...
  • Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

    08/28/2009 2:39:50 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 34 replies · 1,828+ views ^ | 08/28/09 | Declan McCullagh
    They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency. The new version would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for "cybersecurity professionals," and a requirement that...
  • Senate Bill Would Give President Emergency Control of Internet -Kill Switch

    08/28/2009 2:14:06 PM PDT · by blasater1960 · 46 replies · 1,868+ views
    Fox News ^ | 08-28-09 | Fox News
    A Senate bill would offer President Obama emergency control of the Internet and may give him a "kill switch" to shut down online traffic by seizing private networks -- a move cybersecurity experts worry will choke off industry and civil liberties.
  • Senate Bill Would Give President Emergency Control of Internet

    08/28/2009 12:41:08 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 55 replies · 1,602+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/28/09
    Details of a revamped version of the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 show the Senate bill could give the president a "kill switch" on the Internet and allow him to shut out private networks from online access.