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Chris Mark’s Article in “The Counter Terrorist Magazine” January 28, 2013

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CT2013I received my copy of February/March 2013 International edition of The Counter Terrorist Magazine and imagine my surprise when I am the cover article!  I have written for a number of publications but I have to say my favorite is The Counter Terrorist.  It is a great periodical for anyone interested in World affairs, Terrorism, and Counter Terrorism.  My article is titled “World Cyber War”.  In the article I talk about the differences in the perspectives of war between the East and the West, as well as provide examples of how cyber operations have already been used to further national interests.  China is highlighted for their interpretations of war and warfare in “Unlimited War”, as well as Russia, and a few others.  Overall, I think it is one of my better articles.  To read The Counter Terrorist, you must subscribe either online or in print.  Check out…The Counter Terrorist Magazine.

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

Posted by Chris Mark in cyberespionage, cybersecurity, InfoSec & Privacy, News, terrorism.
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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…)

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