The Guardian - London 2012 Olympics faces increased cyber attack threat
London Olympics organisers today warned of the increased danger of cyber attacks that could fatally undermine the technical network that supports everything from recording world records to relaying results to commentators.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) said it was "inevitable" that its systems would have to repel malicious attempts by hackers to bring them down.
My reaction: Bring as much of the system as possible off the internet, create a secure internal network to process the data in house.
Daily Telegraph - Cyber-attacks could cause global 'catastrophe'
A succession of multiple cyber-attacks could "become a full-scale global shock" on a par with a pandemic and the collapse of the world financial system, the report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said.
Contingency plans to recover systems should be put in place and cybersecurity policies should "encompass the needs of all citizens and not just central government facilities", the report said.
Say what?!: Erm, this doesnt really need a solution. If hackers can do the same damage as a pandemic we're in "game over" territory. This story reads like the plot of a bad piece of science fiction. I can only hope that it is a severe misrepresentation of the OECD report in order to create a more exciting story. Worth noting that the BBC headline for this was "Risks of cyber war 'over-hyped' says OECD study," ironically, pretty much every other media source over-hyped it. Of course they also said...
BBC - 'Cyber war will hit all web users'
The conflict between Wikileaks supporters and the companies withdrawing their services from the whistle-blowing website has been dubbed a "cyber war".
Activists have targeted firms such as PayPal, Mastercard and Visa for their opposition to the site's publication of thousands of secret US diplomatic messages.
But there are fears the online battle could lead to everyday internet use becoming much more heavily regulated.
Say guy, learn the terminology and history: First off, every user of the internet? Thats over 1.5 billion people. Thats a lot. According to this piece there have been no DDOS attacks before now which have been done by anyone other than criminals. Of course DDOS is a crime according to most people, so thats somewhat moot as a point. Honestly, there isnt a single line in the entire piece that makes technical or factual sense. Watch the video, its hilarious if you know the first thing about the issue.
New Yorker - The Online Threat: Should we be worried about a cyber war?
American intelligence and security officials for the most part agree that the Chinese military, or, for that matter, an independent hacker, is theoretically capable of creating a degree of chaos inside America. But I was told by military, technical, and intelligence experts that these fears have been exaggerated, and are based on a fundamental confusion between cyber espionage and cyber war. Cyber espionage is the science of covertly capturing e-mail traffic, text messages, other electronic communications, and corporate data for the purpose of gathering national-security or commercial intelligence. Cyber war involves the penetration of foreign networks for the purpose of disrupting or dismantling those networks, and making them inoperable. (Some of those I spoke to made the point that China had demonstrated its mastery of cyber espionage in the EP-3E incident, but it did not make overt use of it to wage cyber war.) Blurring the distinction between cyber war and cyber espionage has been profitable for defense contractors—and dispiriting for privacy advocates. [Author's emphasis]