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December 22, 2015

Iranian Hacking Of New York Dam Signals Wider Cyber Threat

A classified incident where Iranian hackers infiltrated a dam less than 20 miles from New York City two years ago underscores a major threat to the U.S. power grid, factories, pipelines, bridges and dams, according to a front-page story in today’s Wall Street Journal. The story notes the incident occurred amidst concerns that the Iranians had attacked U.S. banks.

The dam breach came a few years after U.S. spies damaged an Iranian nuclear facility using a computer worm.

Unlike a conventional war, a cyber attack can be hard to track. In the case of the New York dam, investigators first thought the intended target was a dam in Oregon.

Leon Panetta, then-U.S. Defense [...]

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November 5, 2015

Iranian Hackers Target U.S. Government Officials

Government officials in the Obama administration have had their email and social media accounts hacked by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, according to U.S. officials.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has shifted to a high gear in targeting and successfully hacking email and social media accounts belonging to Obama administration officials, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The publication cites anonymous U.S. officials who revealed a surge in hacking activity by the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard is related to a recent arrest of an Iranian-American businessman by the Revolutionary Guard in Tehran, Iran.

Saimak Namazi, a business consultant and [...]

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October 22, 2015

Cracka Releases CIA Director John Brennan’s E-mail to WikiLeaks

As reported earlier in the week, CIA Director John Brennan was recently engaged in an ongoing struggle with a hacker who calls himself ‘Cracka and associates’ with Anonymous. The hacker appears to identify with the struggle of Palestinians, being that at one point when Brennan asked him how much he could buy back his private data for, the hacker told him, “We just want Palestine to be free and for you to stop killing innocent people.”

Now that the details of the whole charade have been made public, things may get even more interesting for Director Brennan. Cracka has apparently turned over all his e-mail to whistleblower organization WikiLeaks, announced late [...]

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October 13, 2015

Cyber Warfare: The New Arms Race

After spending billions to build nuclear weapons, a different arms race has emerged in cyber warfare. Where the nuclear arms race pits the larger countries against each other, the cyber arms race includes a much larger number of combatants since it is open to almost anyone with cash and a computer, according to a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal.

The article noted that computer attacks by countries against each other have kicked off a frantic digital arms race with nations racing to develop stockpiles of malicious code.

One reflection of the seriousness of this new arms race is that two longtime cyber adversaries, the U.S. and China, agreed last month not [...]

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