This is why calling it war is a problem: Are Hackers a Killable Target in a Cyber-War?

More than one internationally renowned cyber-security expert has warned against applying the vocabulary of war to the world’s current uneasy state of the Internet. Now that nations have begun creating destructive malware (which I hereby dub “warware”), anyone who considers themselves a hacker has to feel a tightening in the belly. A big part of …

“Hello, I’m a VxWorks device. Would you like to own me?”

There’s a server lurking on your home network if you’ve got an Internet-connected box like, say, a Sony Bluray player: A recent report describes a critical and widespread vulnerability in electronics running VxWorks, an embedded real-time operating system (RTOS). Examples of affected devices include DSL concentrators, SCADA industrial automation systems, D-Link video conferencing systems, fibre …

Domestic. Surveillance. Technology. Built into DHS drones.

Doesn’t that just fill you with caution? Homeland Security’s specifications say drones must be able to detect whether a civilian is armed. Also specified: “signals interception” and “direction finding” for electronic surveillance.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57572207-38/dhs-built-domestic-surveillance-tech-into-predator-drones/ ————–

The Feds are finally calling out China for its criminal hacking, and the Pentagon warns that cyberattacks are acts of war

We have seen the threat, and the threat is China: U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon stopped speaking in vagaries on Monday and called China out by name for the high number of cyber attacks coming from China that target U.S. businesses and federal agencies. In the past, White House and government officials avoided specifically …

Yes, Virginia, there is a cyber threat, and the US government is warning us about it

Yesterday I was arguing with a colleague over the reality of cyber threats, in this case from China. “I don’t believe it,” he said. “Do you believe everything you see on the Internet?” “No. I consider the sources, and any agenda they may have. And I look for the primary source, the actual witness or …

US will let spy agencies scour Americans’ finances

As the cops like to say, if you’re not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about. Uh huh. Tell that to anyone persecuted to the point of suicide by federal investigators who later admit a political agenda. But as always, don’t take any of this from me: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/usa-banks-spying-idINDEE92C0EH20130313 —————