cyber war


ENISA Outlines Security Regulations for EU Smart Grid Expansion

The European Union has set a series of ambitious goals for itself: by 2020, the 27 member states expect to collectively use 20 percent renewable energy, reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent, and increase energy efficiency by 20 percent. In order to accomplish these goals, Europe will need to perform a major overhaul to its power grid, which will play an integral role in the development of the Union’s proposed energy economy.

An Unhappy Birthday For Uncle Sam On Cyber Security

Here’s the good news on America’s birthday: the last year has seen the U.S. emerge as an undisputed global leader in the use of offensive cyber operations. Averting another “Sputnik” moment, the nation’s longest running and most successful democracy blazed new trails in non-kinetic warfare, effectively ending speculation that the world’s lone superpower was asleep at the wheel as nations like China and Russia dashed ahead in the cyber realm. Now for the bad news: we’re screwed.


Documents purportedly lifted from Indian government servers contain explosive allegations: that leading Western firms including Apple Corp., Research in Motion and Nokia provided the government with secret access to mobile devices their mobile operating systems- access that the Indian government then used to spy on official, high-level conversations about trade relations between the U.S. and China.

This is the first in a two-part interview with Aaron Barr, the former CEO of HBGary FederalEach of us has made mistakes in our lives – woeful errors that we’ve been forced to learn from at great personal cost. Blessedly, those painful experiences are typically private affairs. Tears are spilled. Mea culpas are issued to those we’ve wronged, then we, the folks we hurt and the storm clouds move on.

In the wake of a report about vulnerabilities in its products, Siemens issued a patch for its Simatic S7 industrial controllers on Monday. ICS CERT, the Cyber Emergency Response Team for Industrial Control Systems, issued an alert advising Siemens customers to apply the patch.

A New Report from a Washington D.C. think tank with ties to the Obama
Administration says the U.S. needs to overhaul its cyber security
planning and issue a kind of Monroe Doctrine for cyber space to
discourage attacks against U.S. interests.

A new report suggests that lawmakers, policy wonks and
corporations are sensationalizing the risk of cyber attacks far beyond the
actual threat. The inflation of cyber security threat, like the inflation of the threat of Communism during the Cold War, or terrorist acts in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, could lead to laws
that curtail individual freedoms and regulate the Internet in
unnecessary ways, the report concludes.

The words “cyber war” were in the headlines this week, as controversy and debate about the leak of confidential diplomatic cables by Wikileaks reached a fever pitch. As speculation turned to the fallout from the ongoing publication of documents, the U.S. government laid the groundwork to prevent similar breaches while two browsers announced changes for upcoming builds. Read on for the full week in review.

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