TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Republic of Iran announced plans to strengthen its cyber power by establishing a Supreme Council of Cyberspace to defend the country against cyber attacks.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei tasked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the duty of establishing a Supreme Council of Cyberspace.
FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur) says terrorists may seek to train their own recruits or hire outsiders with an eye toward pursuing cyber attacks on the United States.
The FBI director says terrorists have not used the Internet to launch a full-scale cyber attack, but that the bureau cannot underestimate the intent of terrorists to do so.
Mueller made the comments in testimony prepared for a House appropriations subcommittee appearance.
The recent Stuxnet and Aurora attacks have shown us that malware development has become a professional job.These threats targeting the process industry were written by highly intelligent developers, financed by huge investors and possibly even by governments.
Yet every time a new attack is discovered, experts are left wondering how the malware was developed so quickly. And while the experts are scratching their heads about the attack du jour, the cyber criminals are already working on a new, even stealthier attack.
Unencrypted laptops, unpatched software and advanced attacks from hackers are putting U.S technical know-how at risk if NASA doesn't take a stronger IT security stance, according to a report released on Wednesday by the agency's inspector general.
NASA is a regular target of cyber attacks due to its more than 550 systems that house "information highly sought after by criminals," wrote NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin.
Security specialists claim attacks launched on traditional PCs are heading for smartphones.
Cyber security veterans behind startup CrowdStrike will demonstrate at the RSA conference on Wednesday that the types of attacks used against computers are heading for smartphones.
George Kurtz, the former chief technical officer of McAfee, and Dmitri Alperovitch, who has researched major cyber-espionage operations, have figured out how to take over smartphones using booby-trapped text messages.
In January 2012, FBI Director Robert Mueller testified that the cyber threat to the United States is expected to eclipse the threat of terrorism in the coming years.
Though the country has avoided a cyber "Pearl Harbor" to date, a steady stream of significant cyber attacks, particularly by foreign sources conducting major acts of espionage, indicate the nation's ongoing vulnerability, say some analysts.
Against the background of rapidly developing technology, NATO is advancing its efforts to confront the wide range of cyber threats targeting the Alliance’s networks on a daily basis.
Will wars in cyberspace become more frequent than real wars in the 21st century and could they be as devastating?