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Analysis: The near impossible battle against hackers everywhere

Warnings tell Washington a "cyber Pearl atmosphere" consider a surprise attack from a formidable enemy that the power of the financial system of th...

 

Analysis: The near impossible battle against hackers everywhere
Warnings tell

Washington a “cyber Pearl atmosphere” consider a surprise attack from a formidable enemy that the power of the financial system of the country to disable or cripple the U.S. government could destroy.

But those on the front lines say it all not to government agencies and corporate networks to protect against a sudden attack. They say many infringements push both perhaps dozens of countries, as well as well-funded guerrillas and criminals qualified electronic.

security officers and consultants say they are overwhelmed. The attacks are not only China that Washington has long been accused of spying on U.S. companies, many come from Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Western countries. The authors of elite military units organized criminal networks in adolescents militants.

“They spend more than us and they Outman in almost every way,” said an officer of Dell Inc. Chief Security Officer, John McClurg. “I can not remember in my life ‘adult, a difficult time.”

The big fear is that one day, a large corporation or a government agency will be a serious disturbance and very costly to their business to make when hackers to steal data or damage critical infrastructure sabotage or destroy consumer confidence in the safety of their data.

Elite security Mandiant Corp. Monday gave a 74-page report that a unit of Chinese soldiers steal data from more than 100 companies accused. While China was immediately denied these accusations, safety experts and others say Mandiant the hacker group is just one of more than 20 with origins in China.

Chinese pirates

tend to large companies and technology companies the most innovative thing using e-mails that appear to come from trusted colleagues focus, but bear attachments marred by viruses, spyware and other malicious software, according to researchers western cyber.

Eastern European crime rings, meanwhile, use “drive-by downloads” to undermine popular websites like NBC.com last week visitors to infect. Although malware can vary but often include software for recording keystrokes that computer users passwords for financial accounts.

Other

in the game are activists in the style of loosely affiliated group known as Anonymous, who are in favor of denial of service attacks and temporarily block websites from view and automated searches for common vulnerabilities a way to access information from the company.

An increasing number of countries weapons programs computer and electronic espionage finance, law enforcement officials said. The alleged involvement of the United States in the production of electronic direction, including Stuxnet, that the Iranian program to enrich uranium to hurt, is considered one of the most successful.

Iran is also blamed for a series of extraordinarily effective denial of service attacks against major U.S. banks over the past six months that stopped their online banking sites. Iran is suspected of introducing at least one American oil company, two people familiar with the ongoing investigation told Reuters.

“There is a battle looming in every direction you look,” said Jeff Moss, chief information security ICANN, a group that is part of the critical infrastructure manages Internet.

‘personal goals Everybody goes to the door when it’s just fire after fire, “said Moss, who also advises the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

HUNDREDS unreported cases

Industry veterans say that the growth in the number of hackers, software tools at their disposal, and the part thriving underground economy to have any network connected to the Internet is impossible to perfectly defend.

“Your average engineer operational safety feels somewhat under fire, “said Bruce Murphy, director of Deloitte & Touche LLP, the study of labor safety.” It feels like Sisyphus rolling a stone on the hill and the hill keeps steeper. “

Three major U.S. newspapers, Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Twitter and Microsoft Corp. have all admitted in February they had hacked. Inserted the malware on the computers of employees in technology has been detected in hundreds of other companies who have chosen to remain silent about the incident , two people familiar with the situation told Reuters.

ownership “I can not be a time when many companies were so clearly remember” “and were so unprepared,” says Adam O’Donnell, an officer of the company Security Sourcefire Inc., using slang for hackers access.

Instead of hype, cyber intrusion remain under-public â € leaks fear the attacks will spook investors?? head of the new attempt FBI cybercrime, Deputy Executive Director Richard McFeely said that the secret has become a major challenge.

“Our biggest problem at the moment is to the private sector to a level of comfort where they can report defects, malware, effects within their networks” said McFeely. ” It was very difficult with many large companies to get them to cooperate fully. “

McFeely said the FBI plans to open a deposit malware for sharing information between companies in the same sector to encourage. Obama also recently issued a decision on cybersecurity promotes cooperation.

former head of the National Security Agency, Michael Hayden, supports the use of commercial and diplomatic channels to put pressure on countries of piracy as early a White House strategy announced Wednesday new

“The Chinese, with some legitimacy, will say: “.. you spying on us as the former Director of the NSA, I will say:” Yes, and we are better than you, “said Hayden, now director of security within the Chertoff Group, consultant

He said what worries him, moreover, c .. is the Chinese presence on networks that do not value intelligence as systems that infrastructure such as power plants and water have “There is no intellectual property there to be stolen, not trade secrets, not negotiating positions. So that scares you, because it seems to be preparing attacks, “said Hayden.

middle of the growing fear, many top professionals in the field in San Francisco on Monday to meet the conference’s most famous American industry security, the name of the host company EMC Corp. and RSA unit.

Several experts said they were convinced that companies spend money on the wrong things, such as antivirus subscriptions can not detect new attacks or directed.

RSA executive chairman Art Coviello and Francis de Souza, director of products with high provider Symantec Corp., Both have said they will be speeches calling for a focus on more advanced analysis instruments seeking unusual behavior the network?? seems expensive.

a more fundamental approach to the limitation of computer privileges for users, installing software updates quickly, and allowing only trusted applications to function correctly.

Some security companies are zero with new models, such as forcing all programs to their customers to carry on the wall of virtual machines to stop.

With these perspectives, so much money at stake, and the problems both years, may only two points of agreement.

Most people in the industry and the government thinks that things will get worse. Coviello, for its part, has predicted that the first genre – but relatively easy -. virus removed all data on tens of thousands of PCs to the company of national oil of Saudi Arabia last year was a harbinger of things to come

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say that public attention on cybersecurity, even if it solves uncomfortable on the failure of the industry and stubborn opponents, will lead to a debate desperately need doing internationally and at home.