Friday, December 19, 2008

Analyst: Hackers are Overwhelming US Govt Computers

"Foreign hackers have accessed between half and all of the U.S. government and military computers they 'have an interest in,' according to one analyst. Many of the attacks are sanctioned by the Chinese government—something few top U.S. officials are willing to acknowledge, he said.

"John Tkacik, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said his estimate was based on recent media and governmental reports along with personal interviews with U.S. officials. Chinese cyber attacks have grown so relentless and sophisticated they’ve become the 'single biggest military and intelligence threat the U.S. faces.' He was speaking at a Heritage discussion titled, 'Under Attack: Today’s Cyber Threat.'...

"There were 43,880 incidents of malicious activity from all sources against DoD and defense company computers in 2007, a 31 percent increase from the year before, according to a recent annual report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC)."

From Security Management...

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