Obama Says Cyberterrorism Is Country's Biggest Threat, U.S. Government Assembles "Cyber Warriors"
International Business Times, By Christopher Harress
Cybersecurity has become a U.S. government
priority in the past year, after a string of denial of service (DOS) attacks on
government computers and hacking attempts of the CIA’s main computer, as
well as on French, Israeli and British defense agencies. But
while many of these sophisticated cyberattacks have sought to inconvenience
governmental agencies that have little impact on day-to-day public life, many
in the government are increasingly worried about an attack on the energy
Just last week, the Internet security company
Kaspersky Lab said it had uncovered the most sophisticated cyberthreat it had
ever seen, called The Mask. Experts there said that the operation was most
likely from a Spanish-speaking country and will likely target natural gas
and oil companies. They also said that the threat appears to
have been around since 2007 and has taken over thousands of IP addresses in
dozens of countries.
The recent discovery follows attacks from Flame
malware about two years ago that rendered Iranian computer systems completely
useless. At that time, it was one of the most dangerous cyberterrorism
programs. Read more.