Perhaps you’ve noticed in recent weeks a marked increase in talk about the mounting threats of malicious cyber activity to our national security, intellectual property, critical infrastructure operations and even our election systems. The Justice Department on Feb. 16 announced indictments of 13 Russian organizations and individuals for meddling in the 2016 election. Apparently the accused sought to foment divisions in American society largely through social media. At the time their fake accounts, malicious rumors, incitements and spurious demonstrations went largely unnoticed by users of Facebook and Twitter, among others, because — News Flash! — thanks to anonymity U.S. social media already overflows with vile, mean, malicious, racist, hate-filled messages. Media bought the indictments as getting tough, even though none of those Russians are anywhere within reach of U.S. authorities. The Council of Economic Advisers estimated the other day that “malicious … [Read more...] about Forget sanctions and red lines. Fight cyber attacks with cyber retaliation.
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Brennan Weiss, provided by Published 3:00 pm, Sunday, February 25, 2018 Lucas Jackson/Reuters With a lack of leadership from the federal government, New York is one of the first states to implement new cyber regulations. The state is quietly working to prevent a major cyber attack that could bring down Wall Street's financial system. But even with the strictest cybersecurity regulations in the country, experts warn New York's efforts may still not be enough. Recommended Video: Now Playing: NATO says it is stepping up defences, as the latest cyber attack wreaks havoc around the globe. Thousands of computers have been crippled by a virus thought to have first taken hold in Ukraine on Tuesday. Ports from Mumbai to Los Angeles have been disrupted and production stopped at a chocolate factory in Australia. “We are strengthening the cyber defences of both NATO networks, but also helping NATO allies to strengthen their cyber defences,” Jens Stoltenberg, … [Read more...] about New York is quietly working to prevent a major cyber attack that could bring down the financial system
The Winter Olympics were hit by a cyber attack during Friday's opening ceremony, officials confirmed to multiple media outlets Sunday.International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Adams told multiple outlets that "maintaining secure operations is our purpose," adding that, "we are making sure our systems are secure, and they are secure," according to Reuters.When asked if Olympic organizers knew the source of the attack, Adams told the news agency, "I certainly don’t know. But best international practice says that you don’t talk about an attack." MORE: Report: Japanese speedskater Kei Saito has positive doping test MORE: Death lurks at the Winter Olympics BBC reported that the Games' official website was taken offline as part of the attack, while television and internet systems were also affected."We know the cause of the problem, but that kind of issue occurs frequently during the Games. We decided with the IOC we are not going to reveal … [Read more...] about Olympic officials: Winter Games hit with cyber attack during opening ceremony
The Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony was hit with a cyber attack, officials for the PyeongChang games confirmed — but stopped short of blaming Russia for the breach. The PyeongChang 2018 website wasn’t working before the Friday night games, making it impossible to access event tickets and crucial information. WiFi at the games also stopped working before the official kickoff. Order wasn’t fully restored to the system for 12 hours, at about 8 a.m. Saturday, the Guardian reported. Leslie Jones’s hilarious Olympics tweets are back for 2018 “There was a cyber attack and the server was updated yesterday during the day and we have the cause of the problem,” Sung Baik-you, a spokesperson for the games, told the Guardian on Sunday. “We are taking secure operations and, in line with best practice, we’re not going to comment on the issue because it is an issue that we are dealing with,” Sung continued. The representative … [Read more...] about Winter Olympics opening ceremony hit with cyber attack
Officials for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, confirmed Sunday that the Games were hit by a cyber attack just before Friday's opening ceremony. “All issues were resolved and recovered yesterday morning,” Olympics spokesperson Sung Baik-you told reporters Sunday. “We know the cause of the problem, but that kind of issues occurs frequently during the Games. We decided with the [International Olympic Committee] we are not going to reveal the source.” The attack caused the shutdown of the official website for the games for about 12 hours, according to the Japanese news wire service Yonhap. The website malfunction prevented people from being able to get information in the game or print tickets. The games themselves were also affected. Wi-Fi was knocked out at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium and at the media center. Officials for the games said the attack would have no major repercussions for the Games going forward. “We are taking secure operations … [Read more...] about Winter Olympics 2018: Pyeongchang Games Hit By Cyber Attack