Iconoclast Army General to Get Third Star

Army Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster receives promotion
Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster, center left, hands the Maneuver Center of Excellence flag to Command Sgt. Maj. James Carabello as he assumes command of the MCoE at Fort Benning, Ga.

An Army general who in the past criticized senior Army leaders for dereliction during the Vietnam War has been promoted and will likely pin on a third star later this year.

Wireless Threat

White House, State not pressing South Korea to avoid using suspect Chinese telecom gear
AP

Obama administration security officials say President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are not strongly opposing a South Korean plan to use Chinese telecommunications gear in an advanced wireless network, thus increasing concerns of cyber spying espionage against U.S. military forces in the country.

White House Launches Infrastructure Cyber Security Initiative

Policies intended to improve public and private security efforts
AP

The White House on Wednesday announced new policies improving public and private security efforts to protect critical U.S. infrastructures against the growing threat of cyber attacks.

Suspect Software

Belarus confirms software work for U.S. medical and insurance companies
The shadow of Kathleen Sebelius / AP

Software developed in the former Soviet state of Belarus is part of networks used by U.S. medical and insurance companies that are now part of President Barack Obama’s health care reform program, according to a senior official of a government technology park in Minsk.

Influence Operation

Former national security leaders voice concerns over Islamist infiltration of conservative movement
Frank Gaffney

Islamists linked to the Muslim Brotherhood are seeking to influence the U.S. conservative movement as part of non-violent jihad against the United States, according to a group of retired national security leaders.

China Shows New Mobile ICBM on Internet

Photo reportedly shows missile leaving manufacturing plant
China's DF-41 missile

China’s military recently disclosed a new photo of its longest-range mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a key element of Beijing’s large-scale strategic nuclear buildup.

HHS Cannot Find Belarus Malware in Obamacare Networks

Contractor asserts software developed solely in U.S.
Kathleen Sebelius

The Department of Health and Human Services says it has been unable to locate malicious software from Belarus inside Obamacare computer networks, according to a department spokeswoman.

Shut It Down

DNI, HHS urged to shut Obamacare website until security issues resolved
healthcare.gov

President Barack Obama and two senior aides are being urged to suspend all use of the Obamacare computer network until recent U.S. intelligence warnings of potential cyber attacks from Belarus are resolved.

Recalled Report Raises Question of Politicization of Intelligence

Bachmann seeks answers from president, HHS on Obamacare security flaws
Rep. Michele Bachmann / AP

A member of the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday she is investigating whether an intelligence report warning about risks to Americans who posted data on the Obamacare website was suppressed for political reasons.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) said she plans to write to President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging them to immediately shut down the Healthcare.gov website over concerns that the system is vulnerable to cyber attacks as a result of malicious software possibly inserted from Belarus, or as a result of other security holes.

The Belarusian Connection

Obamacare network vulnerable to cyber attack
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with Russian President Vladimir Putin / AP

U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.