On This Day — US Spy Chief James Clapper Highlights Cyber Threats (February 26 2015)

“We foresee an on-going series of low-to-moderate level cyber attacks from a variety of sources over time, which will impose cumulative costs on US economic competitiveness and national security.”

James Clapper — Director of National Intelligence (Feb 26 2015)

“The world is small and our memory is long.”

Former FBI Director James Comey

February 26 2015 — In testimony to a congressional committee outlining the intelligence community′s assessment of global threats to the US, James Clapper — the Director of National Intelligence — said a number of nations stand as cyber threats to the U.S. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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Thursday February 26 2015 — In testimony to a congressional committee, the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he no longer believed the US faced “cyber Armageddon”. However Clapper issued a warning.

“We foresee an on-going series of low-to-moderate level cyber attacks from a variety of sources over time, which will impose cumulative costs on US economic competitiveness and national security.”

Mr Clapper highlighted the case of Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

“Cyber poses a very complex set of threats because profit-motivated criminals, ideologically motivated hackers or extremists and various capable nation states like Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are all potential adversaries who, if they choose, could do great harm.”

Clapper noted that Russia, in particular, possesses sophisticated cyber capabilities which he described as “more severe than previously assessed”.

Although North Korea and Iran have lesser technical capabilities, Clapper said Pyongyang’s hacking of Sony Pictures and Iran′s cyber attack on the Las Vegas Sands Corporation demonstrate that these nations are motivated and unpredictable cyber actors.

Quick Analysis

In March 2016, the US government — for the first time ever — accused individuals tied to another country of trying to disrupt critical infrastructure.

Seven Iranian hackers were accused of coordinating cyber attacks on dozens of U.S. banks, as well as trying to shut down a New York dam.

Even though Iran was not expected to extradite the suspects, FBI Director James Comey vowed to pursue justice.

“The world is small and our memory is long,” James Comey said.

Dmitri Alperovitch — chief technology officer with cyber security firm CrowdStrike — said:

“This sends an important message to Iran and other governments that these people cannot operate anonymously.”

The US and Israel launched a cyber attack against Iran in 2010 — now famously known as the Stuxnet worm — in order to disable Iran’s nuclear centrifuges.

Security researchers and government officials generally believe that the attacks against the US banks and the New York dam were done as retaliation for the Stuxnet attack.

U.S. intelligence chief says cyber attacks pose greatest threat to U.S. security

REFERENCES

US spy chief James Clapper highlights cyber threats — BBC News

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On This Day — US spy chief James Clapper highlights cyber threats (February 26 2015)

 

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