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A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday unveiled comprehensive cybersecurity legislation that includes provisions to improve the recruitment and retention of the federal cyber workforce.
Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; and Tom Carper, D-Del.; introduced the bill, which would secure the nation's most sensitive and critical cyber infrastructures and protect Internet freedom, in part by prohibiting the president or any other officer or employee of the government to shut down the Internet.
Starting in November 2009, coordinated covert and targeted cyberattacks have been conducted against global oil, energy, and petrochemical companies.
These attacks have involved social engineering, spearphishing, attacks, exploitation of Microsoft Windows operating systems vulnerabilities, Microsoft Active Directory compromises, and the use of remote administration tools (RATs) in targeting and harvesting sensitive competitive proprietary operations and project-financing information with regard to oil and gas field bids and operation.
Governments in the UK, US and elsewhere are prioritising cyber security as it becomes apparent that the internet can be a dangerous place. There is plenty of talk of cyber war, but little consensus as to what the term actually means.
There seems to be more agreement about what cyber war is not. According to IT security experts, cyber war is distinct from criminal activity aimed at financial gain, espionage aimed at commercial advantage, and espionage aimed at stealing information about military hardware.
Sri Lanka Army Commander says Cyber War still continues
Tue, Feb 22, 2011, 09:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya today said although the physical war waged for 30 years has come to an end, the warfare has not come to an end by eliminating terrorists from this country as the 'cyber war', the war on information highway, is still continuing.
It has been an embarrassing week for security firm HBGary and its HBGary Federal offshoot. HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr thought he had unmasked the hacker hordes of Anonymous and was preparing to name and shame those responsible for co-ordinating the group's actions, including the denial-of-service attacks that hit MasterCard, Visa, and other perceived enemies of WikiLeaks late last year.