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New Cyber Legislation Expected Today

Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 7:37 AM 1 comment

Several key media, including Business Week, are reporting this morning that new cybersecurity legislation will be rolled out today by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tom Carper (D-DE).

The new measure, to be announced at an 11:30 AM press conference, would aim to provide the president with certain specific powers in the event of a major cyber attack.  The legislation would also create a White House Office of Cyberspace Policy, and the president would be required “to inform Congress in advance of what measures are being taken. The measures would expire in 30 days unless renewed by the president.”

“Our economic security, national security and public safety are now all at risk from new kinds of enemies, cyber- warriors, cyber-spies, cyber-terrorists and cyber-criminals,” Sen. Lieberman announced in a statement. “The need for this legislation is obvious and urgent.”
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China’s Cyber “Beef Up”

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 | 10:45 AM Leave a comment

The Scottish Herald is reporting this morning that a cyber attack shuttered the website of the Strathclyde Police.  According to the report, the Scottish police force shut down its site for nearly 24 hours “after a number of weblinks appeared that diverted users to a Chinese site with a history of distributing viruses.”

While the cybersecurity world knows all too well that a China-based attack is not a novel concept, in an article published this morning by Xinhua, China’s official press agency, it appears that the nation may be trying to repair its global cyber image.  To “beef up” cybersecurity, the press agency reports that “China is taking actions to attack on-line criminals while guarantying openness of the Internet.”  The article goes on to mention that “Legislation is in place against the illegal use of the Internet.”

And in further attempts to boost cybersecurity in China and across the globe, NPR ponders the question, “Does averting cyberwar mean giving up web privacy?”  In a Morning Edition feature, Princeton cybersecurity expert, Rebecca MacKinnon, told NPR, “Criminals and militaries are most likely going to figure out ways to do what they need to do on the Internet and minimize their traceability… The people who are really going to be hurt are dissidents in countries like China or Iran.”
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NATO and Attacks Across Asia

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | 10:12 AM 2 comments

A hard hit for NATO this week.  While reports trickled in that insurgents killed 12 NATO soldiers on Monday in the “worst single day for the foreign forces operating in Afghanistan,” The Times (UK) reported a series of Russian-based cyber attacks on NATO members, as well as “warnings from intelligence services of the growing threat from China.”  According to the paper, the organization will consider the use of military force to protect NATO members in the event of future online attacks.

But cyber threats span beyond China.  In an article in the Korea Times, military leaders warned of the “high possibility” that North Korea will rock South Korean networks with cyber attacks during the upcoming G-20 Summit in Seoul.

Back in the States, The New New Internet said that a hacker took more than $640K from the NYC Department of Education.  According to the report, investigators were able to track the stolen funds, resulting in a 364-day federal prison sentence for the hacker, as well as $275,188.67 owed in restitution.

And Google continues to make Cybersecurity News this morning, as NASDAQ notes that the Internet search giant has hired a leading security firm to examine how its software “inadvertently gathered Internet users’ private data transmitted over unsecured wireless networks.”

US Cyber Ties to India, Russia

Friday, June 4, 2010 | 10:26 AM Leave a comment

PC World reports that an International Telecommunication Union conference concluded in Hyderabad, India this morning with a general consensus: “Cybersecurity needs a common legal and regulatory framework across countries and the regular updating of these laws to take into account the changing nature of cybercrimes.”

Back in the States, it appears planning for the “framework” is already underway.  According to Washington’s Embassy of India, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and India’s External Affairs Minister, Shri S.M. Krishna, met yesterday to discuss “India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue.”  In a press release, the Embassy says the two leaders “reiterated the necessity of building on momentum to strengthen cooperative efforts in the area of information and communication technology in general and also to address emerging transnational cybersecurity challenges.”

Still, US cyber ties stretch beyond India.  The Wall Street Journal reports that Gen. Keith Alexander, chief of the military’s new CYBERCOM, yesterday “endorsed talks with Russia over a proposal to limit military attacks in cyberspace, representing a significant shift in US policy.”
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Cybersecurity: A New Arms Race

Thursday, June 3, 2010 | 10:02 AM 1 comment

Making Cybersecurity News this morning, Chinese analysts warn that, much like the nuclear weapons show-and-tell, the US military’s recently-formed Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) could spark a new arms race, as nations battle over superlative homeland security.

Backing CYBERCOM, US Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn III, in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal this morning, acknowledged that “more than 100 intelligence agencies and foreign militaries are actively trying to penetrate our systems.”

Meanwhile, the Senate version of the Defense authorization bill, to be rolled out later this week, would provide funding for the Department of Defense to partner with industry to continue to buildup the nation’s cybersecurity…
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Defense Bills and the Power Grid

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 | 9:24 AM Leave a comment

Cybersecurity legislation continues to make the news this morning.  NextGov is reporting that an overhaul is likely, as Defense bills with cybersecurity provisions continue to gain support in the Senate and House.  Meanwhile, Internet News says that the Defense bill, passed in the House on Friday, could revise US cybersecurity.

In energy-related news, the Heritage Foundation reports, “The DOE spent nine years and $153 million on an obsolete cybersecurity project that was supposed to safeguard America’s nuclear weapons information.”  Meanwhile, according to Network World, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. warns that cyber attacks are a top threat to the nation’s power grid.
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“The Cybersecurity Changes We Need”

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 | 9:00 AM 1 comment

Catching up from Memorial Day weekend and making Cybersecurity News this morning, Harvard advisers in a Washington Post op-ed point out “The Cybersecurity Changes We Need,” noting that we must “adopt and embed sometimes-costly security solutions into our core infrastructures and enterprises and stop playing the game of chance.”

Meanwhile, the Government Accountability Office says that the Department of Veterans Affairs is vulnerable to a cyber attack. And GovInfoSecurity finds a way to link cybersecurity to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
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