Despite probing and trolling, a Russian cyberattack is the dog that did not bark in Tuesday’s midterm elections. This is the assessment of the Department of Homeland Security, which says there were no signs of a coordinated campaign to disrupt U.S. voting. This welcome news raises a relevant and important question: Were cyber adversaries actually deterred from infiltrating voter databases and changing election results? That was a very real fear in the 2016 presidential election. In September the White House unveiled a new policy aimed at deterring Russia, China, Iran and North Korea from hacking U.S. computer networks in general and the midterms in particular. National security adviser John Bolton acknowledged as much last week when he said the U.S. government was undertaking “offensive cyber operations” aimed at “defending the integrity of our electoral process.” There aren’t many details. Reportedly this entailed sending texts, pop-ups, emails and … [Read more...] about One big loser of the midterms: Russian hackers, thanks to U.S. Cyber Command
Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post Published 5:15 pm CDT, Friday, October 5, 2018 WASHINGTON - Chris Inglis, a widely respected intelligence professional, has emerged as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' leading choice to head the National Security Agency should Mattis decide to separate its leadership from that of the Pentagon's cyber forces, according to five people familiar with the matter. The current head of both organizations, Gen. Paul Nakasone, has urged Mattis to keep the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command under one leader on the grounds that the nine-year-old military organization is not ready to stand on its own, these people said. In recent weeks, Mattis was close to a decision to separate the leadership arrangement, but Nakasone's counsel has caused him to reconsider, according to two U.S. officials. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations. The president would make the final call, but generally accepts the defense … [Read more...] about Former NSA deputy is Mattis’ leading choice to head the spy service if it splits from Cyber Command
Tensions between the United States and China have been rising, but the worst may be ahead. The disclosure by Bloomberg Businessweek that the Chinese military allegedly implanted microchips onto thousands of motherboards used by the US government and major businesses is the most damning evidence to date of a massive Chinese espionage campaign. Shortly after the revelations were published, Vice President Mike Pence stated, “China is meddling in America’s democracy.” see also Pence to double down on China election interference claims Vice President Pence ramped up the administration’s rhetoric on China... This, on the heels of new tariffs and an “unsafe” military confrontation in the South China Sea. For years, the US intelligence and national-security communities have warned that the Chinese Communist Party might interfere with electronics manufactured in China. Last year, the Defense Science Board went so far as to state that … [Read more...] about China’s latest cyber offensive — and what to do about it
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Hiawatha Bray Globe Staff July 30, 2018 A few weeks ago, the director of national intelligence warned that US computer systems are so vulnerable that the nation may be facing a “cyber 9/11.” Then the US Department of Homeland Security revealed that Russian hackers could get inside the nation’s utilities and turn off the lights in much of the United States.What next? How about some payback, targeting the attackers who target us?Some cyber security experts and lawmakers argue that tougher passwords and thicker firewalls alone won’t protect America’s digital assets, because any defense can be breached. Instead, they want the US government, and even private companies and individuals, to go on the offensiveby using the hackers’ own methods against them. Advertisement “You try to go about hacking the hackers,” said … [Read more...] about As cyber-attacks on the US rise, is the answer to hack back?
The University of Arizona’s cyber operations program has joined a small group of institutions designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency. Only 20 programs have this designation, and the UA’s program, based at the UA South campus in Sierra Vista, is a bachelor’s of applied science program and a transfer degree, meaning students start at a community college and transfer to finish their last two years with UA, according to Melody Buckner, interim dean at UA South. “Our program has always been accredited to be a full degree at the University of Arizona,” Buckner said. “Now, it’s going to have this behind it, so it will attract more attention. We will be getting money from the NSA, students will see that this has been elevated, because we met their criteria.” RELATED: Breakthrough peptides developed for skin … [Read more...] about UA’s Cyber Operations program designated as one of the best in the nation