Speaking at the Justice Department’s third annual cybersecurity symposium Thursday, Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers warned that U.S. adversaries are “ramping up online.” He singled out North Korea for its ability to cause international “disruptions.”
Despite indictments, Russian saboteurs–some linked to the Russian military–have targeted millions of employees of major U.S. firms in a new escalation of East-West cyberwarfare. Chinese and North Korean hackers are also becoming a distributor of “weaponized” social media, according to security experts.
This week three Alabama hospitals were forced to turn away “all but the most-critical new patients” after a ransomware attack infected their computers as the FBI warned that these attacks are growing more sophisticated and costly.
A May 15 Paris conference, co-sponsored by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, will bring together national leaders and tech companies to focus on terrorists’ use of social media. One critic warned of overreaction to tragedies like the recent New Zealand mosque attacks, which were livestreamed by the shooter.
Leon Panetta called the infrastructure changes enacted by the current administration to protect America’s electricity insufficient. Writing with former Senator James Talent in The Hill, he said partnership with the public sector was now critical to shoring up U.S. defenses against a “cyber Pearl Harbor.”
In a joint bipartisan resolution, 22 Western governors called on the feds to make cybersecurity a top national priority, beginning with restoring the position of the White House cybersecurity coordinator—eliminated in May.
Federal workers back at their computers after the longest shutdown in U.S. history are likely to be overwhelmed by the backlog of cybertraffic—making them vulnerable to hostile overseas hackers, says a cybersecurity expert. And next time could be worse.