Centcom Hack

“Continuous Web site defacements are being perpetrated by individuals sympathetic to the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) a.k.a. Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS). The defacements have affected Web site operations and the communication platforms of news organizations, commercial entities, religious institutions, federal/state/local governments, foreign governments, and a variety of other domestic and international Web sites. Although the defacements demonstrate low-level hacking sophistication, they are disruptive and often costly in terms of lost business revenue and expenditures on technical services to repair infected computer systems.”

Read the full text of alert I-040715a-PSA here.

Lessons from the new threat environment from Sony, Anthem and ISIS (Brookings)

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Cameron F. Kerry theorizes that:

  • Get ready for the next wave of attacks
  • Cybersecurity is about much more than hardening systems
  • Be careful with system administrators
  • It really comes down to information governance

Read the full article here.

President Obama Speaks at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (White House)

Published on Feb 18, 2015

At the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., the President delivers remarks at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, February 18, 2015.”

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See the Countering Extremism Strategy

“A new cyber intelligence unit makes sense but is not enough” (WaPo)

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“What’s urgently needed is a response that will bring the U.S. government’s sophisticated tools to bear on protecting private-sector networks — before they are attacked. Only Congress can do this, with information-sharing legislation that will bridge legal gaps and overcome suspicions. We hope this Congress will rise to the challenge.”

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A Proportional Response? North Korean Internet Jammed

North Korea’s internet has become jammed because of a possible DDoS attack in response to DPRK’s alleged involvement in the Sony Hack. As of December 22, 2014, the entire DPRK routing system through China has gone dark. This incident may be President Obama’s proportional response to the Sony hack.

NK Internet Traffic Jammed

NK Internet Traffic Jammed

Estes, Adam Clark. “North Korea’s Internet Is Totally Screwed Right Now.” Gizmodo. December 22, 2014.

Fung, Brian. “North Korea’s Internet is going suspiciously haywire.” WaPo. December 22, 2014.

Kleinman, Alexis. “North Korea’s Internet Might Be Under Attack.” HP. December 22, 2014.

North Korea Tech. “North Korea’s Internet link is flaky today.” December 22, 2014.

Perlroth, Nicole and David E. Sanger. “Attack Is Suspected as North Korean Internet Collapses.” NYT. December 22, 2014.

Robertson, Jordan. “North Korean Internet Goes Dark in Wake of Sony Hack.” Bloomberg. December 22, 2014.