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“The Rise of CyberEspionage” – Chris Mark Published in Homeland Security Network June 18, 2012

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An article I wrote on the Rise of Cyber Espionage was picked up by the Homeland Security Network.  I must admit that the article title is not what was submitted but the article is one I wrote.  If you are interested, spin on over to the Homeland Security Network and read the article.  Any feedback would be appreciated..here is an excerpt:

“On April 15, 2011, the US Congressional Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations conducted a hearing on Chinese cyber-espionage. The hearing revealed the US government’s awareness of Chinese cyberattacks. In describing the situation in her opening remarks, sub-committee chairperson Dana Rohrbacher astutely stated:

“[The]United States is under attack.”12 “The Communist Chinese Government has defined us as the enemy. It is buying, building and stealing whatever it takes to contain and destroy us. Again, the Chinese Government has defined us as the enemy.”

“Flame On!”- New CyberWeapon Discovered in Middle East May 28, 2012

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Complementing the post CyberEspionage, researchers have discovered a new cyberweapon.  First there was Stuxnet, then there was Duqu..now there is Flame.  Called by a researcher: “…the most complex piece of malicious software discovered to date…” the recently discovered virus is designed to capture data but can also change computer setting and turn on integrated microphones to record what is being said in the room.  Kapersky labs discovered the virus, dubbed “Flame”,  which has been lurking undetected inside of thousands of computers in the Middle East for as long as 5 years.  According to Kapersky, the countries with the most infections include Iran with the most infections followed by Israel/Palestine area, Syria, and Sudan.  According to Kapersky senior researcher Roel Schouwenberg: “The virus contains about 20 times as much code as Stuxnet, which attacked an Iranian uranium enrichment facility, causing centrifuges to fail. It has about 100 times as much code as a typical virus designed to steal financial information”(more…)

“Kiss My QR Code”; Symantec Releases 2011 Internet Security Threat Report May 20, 2012

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This month Symantec released the results of their 2011 Internet Security Threat Report. It is a very compelling read and highlights just how difficult it is becoming to protect systems, and data.  Some of the more interesting findings:  2011 saw variants of Malware increase from 283 million to 407 million (you read that correct…million).  Additionally, data thieves have begun using QR codes to infect Android phones with malicious software.  One out of every 299 emails is a phishing attempt.    This is a document that I recommend you download and read.

 

“RSA Doesn’t Dine Alone” – China Suspected In Pipeline Attack May 13, 2012

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For background on this story, please read the previous post, as well as an earlier post titled: “Cyberattack underway against US Pipelines”. While the timing of this story is fortuitous for this author, the event is frightening.  According to the Christian Science Monitor “Those analyzing the cyberspies who are trying to infiltrate natural-gas pipeline companies have found similarities with an attack on a cybersecurity firm a year ago. At least one US government official has blamed China for that earlier attack.”  The referenced security firm is RSA.   Again quoting CSM: “Investigators hot on the trail of cyberspies trying to infiltrate the computer networks of US natural-gas pipeline companies say that the same spies were very likely involved in a major cyberespionage attack a year ago on RSA Inc., a cybersecurity company. And the RSA attack, testified the chief of the National Security Agency (NSA) before Congress recently, is tied to one nation: China.”

Anyone who doubt that the US is under attack by  China should read about the attacks against Dupont, RSA, Lockheed Martin, and more.

“Communist Chinese Cyber-Attacks, CyberEspionage and Theft of American Technology” May 13, 2012

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Since it is Mother’s day, I will not ramble on with inane commentary 😉  Instead, here is a link to the report of the same name as the blog title (too lazy to retype)…from the 112 Congress’ Congressional Hearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee of Foreign Affairs; House of Representatives.   It is very interesting and provides some valuable insight into IP theft.  Don’t forget to thank Mom today!

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