Category Archives: CyberAttacks

N.S.A. Leaks Make Plan for Cyberdefense Unlikely

Sanger, D. August 12, 2013 N.S.A. Leaks Make Plan for Cyberdefense Unlikely. New York Times. The National Security Agency has lobbied inside the government to deploy the equivalent of a “Star Wars” defense for America’s computer networks, designed to intercept … Continue reading

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United States Cyber Operations

Barton Gellman. Aug 30, 2013. U.S. spy agencies mounted 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011, documents show. Washington Post. U.S. intelligence services carried out 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011 according to top-secret documents obtained by The Washington Post. About 75% of … Continue reading

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Will we go out with a whimper instead of a bang? Cyberwar more likely than nuclear war

A book review by Alice Friedemann of “CYBER WAR. The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It” by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake. The New York Times describes author Richard Clarke as a former … Continue reading

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Oil Choke Points vulnerable to war, chaos, terrorism, piracy

  Due to the narrowness of the straits all of them can be disrupted with relative ease by piracy, terrorism, wars, or shipping accidents, affecting the supply of oil and world prices. The strong dependence of the U.S. economy on … Continue reading

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Emergency drill: Cyberattack on electric grid

As Worries Over the Power Grid Rise, a Drill Will Simulate a Knockout Blow By Matthew L. Wald   August 16, 2013. New York Times. The electric grid is the glass jaw of American industry. If an adversary lands a knockout … Continue reading

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Critical infrastructure list vulnerable to enemy cyberattack

These are all essential for the functioning of an economy. Destruction or compromise of any of these systems/services would be debilitating either directly or through cascading effects. Agriculture Banking and Finance Chemical and Hazardous materials Commercial assets Dams Defense industrial … Continue reading

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Energy infrastructure cyberattack targets

An Attack on Energy Infrastructure would affect all other Infrastructure Developments in digital information and telecommunications dramatically increased interdependencies among the Nation’s critical infrastructures. Each depends on others to function successfully. Disruptions in a single infrastructure can generate disturbances within … Continue reading

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What would happen if the electric grid was cyberattacked?

Almost every aspect of American life depends on electricity—from producing goods to saving lives, from defending the country to conducting electronic banking and commerce, from simple communications to feeding our families safely. It could take 1 to 2 years before … Continue reading

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Actual Infrastructure Cyberattacks and Hacks

Perlroth, N. July 1, 2014. Russian Hackers Targeting Oil and Gas Companies. New York Times. Russian hackers have been systematically targeting hundreds of Western oil and gas companies, as well as energy investment firms, according to private cybersecurity researchers.  The … Continue reading

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Banking and Financial System Cyberattacks

In March 2012, it was reported that a security breach at Global Payments, a firm that processed payments for Visa and Mastercard, could compromise the credit- and debit-card information of millions of Americans. Subsequent to the reported breach, the company’s … Continue reading

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