White House Cyber Chief Says Snowden Damage Will Be Felt for Decades

Obama opposes foreign government control of Internet, Michael Daniel says
Edward Snowden

Damage to U.S. national security caused by NSA contractor Edward Snowden will take decades to repair, the White House official in charge of cyber security said Friday.

“Make no mistake: We are going to be dealing with the fallout from that for all of your careers, and the impact that that has had on our national security will reverberate for decades,” Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president for cyber security, told Naval Academy midshipmen.

Chinese Police University Trains Beijing Hackers

Network attack training unit part of Chinese cyber warfare capability
China's police university Network Attack and Defense Laboratory / Chinese company website

China’s main internal security and police university is training hackers for cyber attacks, according to new information obtained by the U.S. government.

The People’s Public Security University in Beijing, a part of the Ministry of Public Security that trains all of China’s police and internal security troops, has several units engaged in training and operations for cyber attacks.

Iranian Nuke Sites Hit with ‘Sabotage’

Iranian officials in panic, urge vigilance over ‘enemy’ plots
Iran's heavy water nuclear facilities near the central city of Arak / AP

Iranian officials revealed on Monday that several “new acts of sabotage” had taken place at its controversial Arak nuclear reactor facility and that other so-called “enemy plots” had been carried out at its other key nuclear sites.

Target: NATO

NATO websites hit in cyber attack linked to Crimea tension
A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Hackers brought down several public NATO websites, the alliance said on Sunday, in what appeared to be the latest escalation in cyberspace over growing tensions over Crimea.

Iran, Russia Partnering to Launch Cyber Attacks

Former Intel Committee Head: Iran now a ‘world class’ cyber threat
Hassan Rouhani

Iran has emerged as a leading cyber threat and has already hacked into the U.S. defense establishment and financial institutions, likely with the help of the Russians, according to a former chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Commander: U.S. Military Not Ready for Cyber Warfare

Gen. Alexander tells Senate threat of major cyber attacks is growing
Gen. Keith Alexander / AP

The U.S. military is ill-prepared for waging cyber warfare and needs to bolster defenses against the growing threat of cyber attacks against both military systems and private infrastructure, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told Congress on Thursday.

Jewish Community Hit by Wave of Anti-Semitic Cyber Attacks

Alert sent out across Jewish community warning of growing attacks
AP

The Jewish community has been hit by a wave of anti-Semitic cyber attacks that have targeted Jewish organizations and endangered the personal and financial information of their donors and employees, according to a warning delivered this week.

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.