Obama Administration Chose Cooperation over Counterattacks

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Throughout 2012, Iran targeted United States banks and companies with a series of distributed denial-of-services cyber attacks. The attacks doubled and sometimes tripled the amount of traffic that the American websites were capable of handling. Many considered the attacks retaliation, revenge for the destruction wrought by Stuxnet on Iran’s nuclear program. The cyber attacks presented […]

Is There A Silver Lining To The President’s Cyber War Policy?

What started last week as a series of reports on domestic spying by the NSA took a turn towards cyber security on Friday when Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill of The Guardian published the top secret Presidential Policy Directive 20 (PPD–20), which deals with U.S. policy and planning for cyber conflict. Like the other documents […]

DISA Awards $1.4B IDIQ, DHS to pick up Cyber Surveillance tab and more

Here are the top cyber news and stories of the day. DISA awards $1.4 billion network support IDIQ – DISA has awarded 7 vendors spots on the Global Information Grid Services Management-Engineering, Transition and Implementation contract. The contract has a total value of $1.4B, and an initial period of two-years, followed by a two-year option […]

My Infosec Wish for 2013: A Balanced Cyberwarfare Debate

I can already hear the chuckling. “Cyber warfare? Balanced? And I’d like partisanship in Washington to end, a double date with Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, and some fries with that!” Yes, my desire is utopian, but the fact that I would have to qualify it with a self-deprecating remark suggests the distance that we […]

December Cyber Conflict and Cyber War Link Roundup

Happy New Year everyone. Obviously the biggest news in December, 2012, was the CFR hack over the Christmas break. It utilized an IE7 0day. The second biggest newsmaker was the announcement by the DOJ to indict foreign entities for state sponsored attacks. Iran is making claims of another cyber attack akin to Gauss, Flame and […]

Cybersecurity worries spur fears of cost and regulation, U of Tulsa teaching cyberespionage and more

Here are the top cyber news and stories of the day. The school that trains cyber spies: U.S. university training students in online espionage for jobs in the NSA and CIA – The University of Tulsa has a little known course known as the Cyber Corps. This program places 85% of all graduates in the […]