Everyone should be aware of the recent (5-10 yrs mostly, some before that) serious cyber-threats to U.S. Security. This week FBI Director Mueller spoke at the RSA Conference in SFO. His thoughts were interesting, since much of what he could have said had to remain unsaid. One glimpse regarded online banking intrusions of a massive nature. What he was able to speak publicly about was interesting from an intelligence gathering stance.
Anyway, here is the general thoughts, the link follows.
FBI Director Robert Mueller on RSA Cyber Security Conference, March 4, 2010, SFO USA.
The entire text is at link below, and is worth the read.
…There has been much discussion of late about which nation-states pose the greatest danger of cyber attack. And to a certain extent, that discussion is irrelevant. It may not matter who the attacker is, or whether the motivation is political, ideological, or financial. The information may be bought and sold by anyone, anywhere in the world, whether friend or foe.
The end result will be the same: we will lose our data. We may lose access to our own information. And we may well lose our security. …… We have seen not only a loss of data, but also corruption of that data. We are concerned with the integrity of your source code. If hackers made subtle, undetected changes to your code, they would have a permanent window into everything you do. The same is true for those with access to hardware and software in the global supply chain………. Some in the industry have likened this to “death by a thousand cuts.” We are bleeding data, intellectual property, information, and source code, bit by bit, and in some cases, terabyte by terabyte.
The solution does not rest solely with better ways to detect and block intrusion attempts. We are playing the cyber equivalent of cat and mouse, and, unfortunately, the mouse seems to be one step ahead.
We must work to find those responsible. And we must make the cost of doing business more than they are willing to bear….
I’m positive that Director Mueller’s idea of ‘making the cost more than they can bear’, is much more gentlemanly than my ideas are.
The speech is at this link: http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/speeches/mueller030410.htm