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Q&A on U.S. electrical grid infiltrated by Chinese, Russian cyberspies

The Wall Street Journal’s scoop that Chinese and Russian cyberspies have established deep footholds inside the networks that control the U.S. electrical grid ties directly into the 60-day review of U.S. cybersecurity policy due to be delivered any day to the White House.

Proving investigative journalism is still viable, WSJ reporter Siobahn Gorman cajoled unnamed U.S. intelligence officials to describe how cyberspies have mapped the on-off controls for major sections of the U.S. power grid, and downloaded backdoors enabling them to gain remote control, as needed. Gorman reports that this  puts the Russians and Chinese in position to  manipulate — …more

‘Cyberinvaders’ crack into Sen. Bill Nelson’s staff PCs — twice

Cyberinvaders, as a peeved Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. called them today, continue cracking into U.S. government systems with impunity.

Nelson, who serves on the Senate Intelligence, Armed Services and Finance committees,  has just issued a statement disclosing that criminal hackers twice this month cracked into two PC workstations used by three of his key staffers. No classified information was kept on the breached PCs, which were used by Nelson’s foreign-policy aide, his deputy legislative director and a forner NASA adviser. So the bad guys stole little of value — at least from Sen. Nelson.

But Nelson also revealed that “similar incursions” of Capitol Hill computer networks “are up significantly in the …more

All eyes on consultant advising Obama on cybersecurity engagement

All eyes in the Washington D.C. security and intelligence communities are riveted on Melissa Hathaway. Tech company executives, military leaders, lawmakers and senior White House officials who track cybersecurity matters are anxious to find out what the bright, young management consultant will advise President Obama to do about making the Internet safer.

“Protecting the public Internet … is a vital part of protecting America’s national security,” says Mike McCurry, co-chair of Arts+Labs, a lobbying group formed last September by Viacom, NBC Universal, AT&T, Microsoft, Cisco and the Songwriters Guild of America. “Cybercrime cost businesses an estimated $1 trillion worldwide in 2008, and some security experts believe the threat may …more