Iran responded to a 2010 cyber attack on its nuclear facilities by beefing up its own cyber capabilities, and will be a "force to be reckoned with" in the future, a senior U.S. Air Force official told reporters on Thursday.
General William Shelton, who heads Air Force Space Command and oversees the Air Force's cyber operations, declined to comment about Iran's ability to disrupt U.S. government computer networks, but said Tehran had clearly increased its efforts in that arena after the 2010 incident.
Relying exclusively on open source information, task is to assess the relative capabilities of certain countries identified in the literature (China, India, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, and Russia) to wage an effective cyber attack against an adversary.
New details have emerged of how Saudi Aramco, led by President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih, addressed what independent analysts have described as the worst cyber attack in recent corporate history.
"If it were any other corporation, it would have been crippled," sources told Arab News over the weekend. The sources referred to the malicious virus that affected 30,000 company computers.
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U.S. fears science fiction-style sabotage in new wave of cyber attacks
If there is a serious and concerted effort to destroy Iranian nuclear capabilities through digital means and it fails or is significantly challenged then a kinetic attack would most likely occur sooner rather than later, founder of WAF Enterprises, securty expert Amrit Williams told Trend.
Iranian officials have announced that to avoid future cyberattacks, the country plans to unplug key government agencies from the Internet.
Reportedly, key government sites will be functioning within a closed, nationwide network.
The Syrian civil war is also a propaganda war. With the Assad regime and the rebels both attempting to assure their supporters and the world that they are on the brink of victory, how the facts are reported has become central to the struggle. Hackers working in support of Assad loyalists this week decided to take a shortcut, attacking the Reuters news agency's blogging platform and one of its Twitter accounts, and planting false stories about the vanquishing of rebel leaders and wavering support for them from abroad.
Mari Maeda, of DARPA, on how using data has helped soldiers do their job, at The Economist's Ideas Economy: Information 2012 event in San Francisco, California.
DARPA’s mission is to maintain the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise from harming our national security by sponsoring revolutionary, high-payoff research bridging the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military use.
It is possible for an adversary or a group of hackers to cripple India's power grids through a cyber-attack, although this is an unlikely reason for the recent power outages that crippled much of north, east and north-eastern India.
Since the first power trip up on Monday, there have been discussions within the security establishment about the possibility of entities trying to carry out a sophisticated cyber-attack to cripple the grids.
Moves to firm up the Commission's cyber protection will come in the next weeks in response to a “war of attrition” in cyber space rather than any specific attack, a Commission spokesman has told EurActiv.
But Brussels will not point the finger at China – EurActiv has learned separately – following the recent disclosure of a serious attack against the EU Council last June, which a Bloomberg investigation pinned to China, alleging links to the nascent superpower’s People's Liberation Army.