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“The Rise of Cyber Espionage” – The Counter Terrorist Magazine August 5, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in cyberespionage, cybersecurity, terrorism.
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UPDATE:  I want to thank The Counter Terrorist magazine staff for including attribution to the article.  They quickly corrected a mistake and the inaccuracy.  Kudos!

Chris Mark (that is me;) has an article in the June/July 2012 issue of The Counter Terrorist Magazine.  The article is titled: “The Rise of Cyber Espionage” and provides an overview of the current cyber espionage issues being faced by US businesses today.  The article covers the breach at RSA to the subsequent attacks at Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and others as examples of the types of attacks being faced by state sponsored cyber espionage groups. While this magazine may be new for some readers of this particular blog, it in its 4th year and is filled with great information for military, law enforcement, first responders, and even businesses.  This particular issue is 76 pages of information covering Iran’s Nuclear Objectives, Cyber Espionage, First Responder Intelligence, Intelligence for Terror, and a number of great product reviews and other information.  The magazine is subscription based but if you are interested in a copy of this particular issue, leave a comment with your email and other contact information and I can forward a free ezine.

(URGENT) NASA’s JPL “pwnd” (owned) by Chinese Hackers March 1, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in Industry News, InfoSec & Privacy.
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According to a report on Foxnews, Chines hackers took control of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labratory in November, 2011.  According to a report issued by the Inspector General the hackers had sufficient control that it: “…could have allowed them delete sensitive files, add user accounts to mission-critical systems, upload hacking tools, and more”  He further stated that: “The attackers had full functional control over these networks,” The information was released in the report released on February 26th, 2012 titled (download here): “NASA Cybersecurity; An Examination of The Agency’s Information Security.”

The report further stated: “In 2010 and 2011, NASA reported 5,408 computer security incidents that resulted in the installation of malicious software on or unauthorized access to its systems,” … “These incidents spanned a wide continuum from individuals testing their skill to break into NASA systems, to well-organized criminal enterprises hacking for profit.”

This is yet another example of the sophistication of hackers.  It is not longer feasible to rely upon network or even application layer controls.  It is imperative that companies protect the proverbial crown jewels by encryption.  On that note (I have no relation to the company at all) one of my favorite encryption vendors is a company called Vormetric.  Check out their website here or visit their blog here.  XWMDG8UN4JGC

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