A Defense Department report to Congress says China could use the targeted information to benefit its defense and high-technology industries as well as give Chinese policymakers a clear picture of U.S. leadership thinking on key China issues.
If the hacking community judges the planned OpUSA cyber-attack a success, it could spur more nefarious actors to try more vicious disruptions of U.S. websites, a Department of Homeland Security alert says.
Intel Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer Malcolm Harkins sees having one leader who handles IT security and privacy responsibilities as essential. "At the end of the day," he says, "there's a level of common objectives."
Anonymous says its OpUSA attack planned for May 7 aims to 'wipe' government and banking websites from the Internet. Security experts say the threat is real, but are U.S. organizations taking it seriously?
Hackers were using a Facebook page as a how-to site for financial crime and to sell banking Trojans. One RSA security expert says this public promotion signifies the mainstreaming of "fraud-as-a-service."
Hacktivists' phase 3 DDoS attacks against U.S. financial services firms have entered their eighth week, and FS-ISAC spokesman Greg Garcia says concerns are mounting that a criminal element to the attacks could emerge.