Chinese hackers have conducted a growing number of attacks against foreign companies and government institutions in recent years, leading a recent U.S. congressional report to call China the "most threatening actor in cyberspace."
Although the attacks are difficult to trace to a specific source, many suspect the hackers are targeting overseas business, media, political and security institutions at the direction of, or with the permission of, the Chinese government or military.
The Pentagon plans to assign significantly more personnel in coming years to counter increasing threats against U.S. government computer networks and conduct offensive operations against foreign foes, a U.S. defense official said on Sunday.
The plan, which would increase both military and civilian staffing at U.S. Cyber Command, comes as the Pentagon moves toward elevating the new command and putting it on the same level as the major combatant commands.
Vulnerability of the U.S. infrastructure, the lack of effective policy to mitigate this threat, and the need for an open public debate on the threat and solutions. Commander, U.S. Cyber Command GEN Keith Alexander, Senator Susan Collins, and ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero attend the discussion. Available in high definition.
A senior Israeli official denied on Sunday a newspaper report that President Barack Obama's national security adviser had briefed Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a U.S. contingency plan to attack Iran should diplomacy fail to curb its nuclear program.
The Israeli liberal Haaretz daily on Sunday quoted an unnamed U.S. official as saying the adviser, Thomas Donilon, had described the plan over dinner with Netanyahu earlier this month.
(Reuters) - The United States will hold Tehran directly responsible for any attempt to disrupt shipping in oil-rich Gulf region and will be able to defeat any Iranian attempt to shut down sea-borne commerce, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Wednesday.
"The Iranians need to understand that the United States and the international community are going to hold them directly responsible for any disruption of shipping in that region, by Iran or for that matter by its surrogates," Panetta told a news conference at the Pentagon.
On Thursday, hackers with a newly-formed WikiBoat collective released a collection of names, email addresses and phone numbers allegedly lifted from files they claim were pilfered from a database hosted on defense.gov, the main website for the Pentagon.
“Recently today, I stumbled across a very old leak on my Computer; I cannot remember if I have already leaked this site, but I do know that this site deserves to be leaked. Who is this site we are targeting? defense.gov ,” reads a statement from an WikiBoat operative posted on the website Pastebin.
WASHINGTON: Senior military leaders are recommending that the Pentagon's two-year-old cyber warfare unit be elevated to full combatant command status, sending a signal to adversaries that the US military is serious about protecting its ability to operate in cyberspace, officials said.
The US Department of Defense has vowed to help the Philippines defend itself against hackers, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the Pentagon is now working to expand and improve the 2 countries' "joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, and the ability to counter cyber-attacks."