A new directive from US President Donald Trump eases the restrictions on using cyberweapons to protect the United States, National Security Adviser John Bolton said this week.Speaking at a news briefing Thursday, Bolton said the White House had "authorized offensive cyber operations" against adversaries, The Washington Post reported, saying Bolton didn't elaborate. The briefing was held to unveil Trump's directive, the 40-page National Cyber Strategy (PDF), which outlines how the US plans to handle cybersecurity and foreign adversaries.The US will "develop swift and transparent consequences" to "deter future bad behavior," says the document, which arrives amid concern about foreign interference in the November midterm elections.The US will also launch an international Cyber Deterrence Initiative to work with other like-minded countries on strategies to make sure bad actors and adversaries "understand the consequences of their malicious cyber behavior," the document says.Last December, … [Read more...] about Trump OKs ‘offensive cyber operations’ as deterrent against US rivals
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The US needs improved cybersecurity policies if it's going to catch up with the practices in the rest of the world, Sen. Mark Warner said Friday, adding that the government has failed to recognize the seriousness of the situation.The Virginia Democrat, who serves as vice chairman of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, said US cybersecurity fails to provide adequate protection of critical infrastructure or guard against the dissemination of disinformation online. He made the comments in a keynote address at the Center for a New American Security in Washington. Cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns have presented a growing threat for governments around the globe, with hackers causing billions of dollars in damages online. Last year, the Russian military's NotPetya attack caused more than $10 billion in damages and wiped out computers at huge companies like shipping giant Maersk and delivery specialist FedEx. Foreign propaganda remains a growing problem on social media, … [Read more...] about Sen. Warner calls for US cyber doctrine, new standards for security
August 2018 rolled in with a bang, literally, as explosions rocked Caracas, Venezuela on Saturday during a speech by President Nicolas Maduro—and government officials later said bomb-carrying drones were to blame. If the accounts of an attempted assassination using unmanned aerial vehicles is confirmed, the New York Times wrote, it would be the “first such known use of drones against a head of state,” though no proof of said drones has yet emerged. In other words, pretty ominous! In this week’s best of Gizmodo, we have other tech mysteries of varying levels of malevolence to investigate: Is your air conditioner actually a deadly disease incubator? Why are sci-fi settings so full of stairs? Is anyone with a 3D printer going to be able to print a firearm soon? What the hell are U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials doing about foreign meddling in elections? And is a $100 phone worth all the frustration? All this and much more below: Can You Get Sick … [Read more...] about AC Lung, Space Stairs, 3D Guns and the Quietest Place on Earth: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week
At a meeting in Canada in July 2018, espionage chiefs from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.—all signatories to a treaty on signals intelligence, and often referred to as the “Five Eyes”—agreed to do their best to contain the global growth of Chinese telecom Huawei, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing a prior report from the Australian Financial Review. According to the Journal’s report, while the various member countries of the Five Eyes view Huwaei with varying amounts of alarm—the UK is a major buyer of its telecommunications gear—they nonetheless all agreed that the tech giant posed a security risk on the grounds that it could be spying on behalf of the Chinese government: Discussions touched on concerns about China’s cyber espionage capabilities and growing military expansion, people familiar with the meeting said. One focus was how to protect telecommunications networks from outside interference, … [Read more...] about ‘Five Eyes’ Spy Chiefs Agreed to Contain Huawei’s Global Reach at Meeting in July: Report
Cyberwar Battle Strategies Israel's government hired hacker Avi Buzaglo to help protect the nation against a cyber attack. Brian Hendler/Liaison/Getty Images While there are many different cyberwar scenarios we could look into, in general you can break down the strategies into two major categories. Let's take a look at each one in detail. The first major strategy is the Pearl Harbor attack, named after the surprise attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941. This kind of attack involves a massive cyber assault on major computer systems. Hackers would first infiltrate these systems and then sabotage them. They might shut down part or all of a nation's power grid or attack water and fuel lines. Another approach is to use computer viruses to do the dirty work. Viruses like Code Red, Slammer and Nimda spread rapidly across the Internet. Code Red directed infected computers to attack the White House Web site. These viruses caused billions of dollars worth of … [Read more...] about Is cyberwar coming?