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.

High Speed Threat

Pentagon intelligence official says Chinese hypersonic weapon poses major challenge
Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) sailor / AP

China’s testing of a new ultra-high-speed maneuvering warhead represents a major threat to U.S. military forces, a Pentagon intelligence official said on Thursday.

Mounting Threats

DNI: China, Russia grow as cyber, space threats to U.S. security
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill

China and Russia pose significant threats to U.S. cyber and space systems, the director of national intelligence (DNI) told Congress on Wednesday.

Experts: China Boosts Space Warfare Capabilities

U.S. military and commercial satellites highly vulnerable to Beijing’s anti-satellite missiles, killer robot satellites
China launches communication satellite into orbit

China is developing anti-satellite missiles and other exotic weapons that can destroy or disrupt vital U.S. military and commercial communications, space warfare experts told Congress on Tuesday.