Category: computer security

IO: meet the new boss, same as . . .

From Inside the Pentagon (subscription): As the Air Force prepares to open a new Cyber Command in May, a top service general overseeing the effort is calling on policymakers to consider how far the United States should go to safeguard…

That’s How You Do It

While the larger bandits and their FFRDC overlords pi$$ away $7.5 billion, motivated men in a garage (my metaphor, not reality) are getting it done. Tip-off: Bill Roggio

Dust off Cliff Stoll

The more things change . . . British teenagers are being actively approached by hackers to launch the next generation of cyber attacks. McAfee says children as young as 14 have been drawn into the ranks of computer crime under…

E-Jihad

The U.S. government has notified U.S. private financial services of a call by the al-Qaida terrorist network for a cyber attack against U.S. online stock trading and banking Web sites beginning Friday, officials said. I smell Zapatistas. If there is…

Preparing for the “Wake Up Call”

Despite the emphasis placed on IT security in recent years, federal agencies are not testing their security controls with any consistency or timeliness, and as a result may not realize their systems’ weaknesses, a new General Accounting Office report has…

Danger in Stretching the Metaphor

In the midst of pre-election excitement this gem went largely unnoticed outside of the parallel geek world I also inhabit: During a media conference here Nov. 2, Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne said the 8th Air Force…

FBI HR Seeing the Light?

The FBI places cyber attacks among its top three priorities, said Mark Mershon, assistant director in charge of the New York City field office. In fact, prevention is so important the crime-fighting agency will negotiate its normally strict employment standards…

Everything Old is New Again

Following on the heels of Evan Kohlmann’s Foreign Affairs piece on online terrorism comes Arnaud de Borchgrave and Chris Heffelfinger with their own missives on how our Uncle is supposedly ignorant of or falling-down regarding terrorist use of the Internet…

What you get when you recycle

Another apparent breach of classified material is under federal investigation at the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratory: Los Alamos National Laboratory, sources tell CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. The breach apparently was discovered when Los Alamos police recently conducted a…