03 October 2011

Industrial cybercrime risks rising, U.S. says

September 30, 2011 – 9:59 pm  By  

Idaho, Sept 30 (TruthDive): A senior Homeland Security official says crucial U.S. industries face an increasing number of cyber break-ins by attackers using more methods that are sophisticated and targeting techniques.
His comments came Thursday in Idaho Falls, Idaho, during the government’s first media tour of secretive defense labs intended to protect the U.S. power grid, water systems and other vulnerable infrastructure.
Acting DHS Deputy Undersecretary Greg Schaffer told reporters on Thursday that the world’s utilities and industries increasingly are becoming vulnerable as they wire their industrial machinery to the Internet.
While U.S. officials talk frequently about the threat of cyber-attacks to America, they seldom discuss the country’s offensive cyber weapons capability. The U.S. is thought to be the world’s leader in cyber warfare, both defensive and offensive.

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