WorldViews: cyber-security


Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 01/07/2014

2013 was the year of cybersecurity

An hour-long discussion with Peter Singer and Allan Friedman of Brookings.

By Max Fisher  |  12:07 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, North Korea, NSA, Syria

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/23/2013

North Korea may have secretly engineered computer games to launch mass cyber attack

Free-to-play games may actually be “Trojan Horses” that allow Pyongyang to control your computer.

By Max Fisher  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, North Korea

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Why WikiLeaks and Julian Assange hate the WikiLeaks movie

The whistle-blowing organization has spent months campaigning against the film.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:22 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Former NSA director’s view of the Internet looks a lot like China’s

Michael Hayden’s speech sounded eerily reminiscent of the sort of argument one might hear here in China.

By Simon Denyer  |  10:19 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Why the Syrian Electronic Army loves to hack the American media

The apparent attack against the New York Times is the latest in a string.

By Max Fisher  |  06:03 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, Syria

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 08/07/2013

Read and watch: Obama talks about Putin, Snowden and terror threats on Jay Leno

Transcript and video highlights from an interview with lots of foreign policy and national security talk.

By Max Fisher  |  08:46 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, National Security, Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Why Anonymous hacked the tiny, impoverished island nation of Nauru

The island is the site of a Australian refugee-processing center that one former prime minister called an "Australian gulag."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:31 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Australia, Cyber Security, Naura

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Hacker group Anonymous is no match for North Korea

Why a group that broke into MasterCard and the Vatican couldn't crack into one of the world's poorest countries.

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, North Korea

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Chinese hackers referencing PRISM to lure e-mail victims

The e-mail scam purports to share a secret list of U.S. cyber snooping targets.

By Max Fisher  |  04:06 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Obama administration convinced EU to drop measure that would have blocked NSA spying

The revelation may exacerbate European outrage over the PRISM program.

By Max Fisher  |  03:27 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, europe

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Is Snowden right that there's no distinction between U.S. and Chinese hacking?

The NSA leaker argued as much in justifying his leaks, but it's not clear that he's right.

By Max Fisher  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 06/07/2013

Leaked documents hint at Obama's emerging cyberwar doctrine

The president appears to see cyber weapons a lot like drones: a tool for quiet preemption.

By Max Fisher  |  04:33 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Should the U.S. allow companies to 'hack back' against foreign cyber spies?

A special commission suggests allowing corporations to take the fight to hackers, but the risks could be substantial.

By Max Fisher  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, Russia

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 05/21/2013

How Chinese hacking makes it tougher for the U.S. to stop old-fashioned spies

A 2010 attack on Google may have revealed FBI investigations into suspected foreign agents.

By Max Fisher  |  11:20 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Syrian hackers claim AP hack that tipped stock market by $136 billion. Is it terrorism?

The Free Syrian Army claimed a bit of juvenile vandalism that temporarily erased huge amounts of equity that was later recovered.

By Max Fisher  |  04:32 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, Syria

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 03/20/2013

South Korea under cyber attack: Is North Korea secretly awesome at hacking?

Who pulled off the attack on Korean banks?

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 02/25/2013

BBC blocked in China just days after reporting on Chinese hackers

Chinese troops detained some BBC journalists last week for filming outside of a suspected cyber espionage compound in Shanghai.

By Max Fisher  |  05:17 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 02/21/2013

The gaping hole in Obama's plan to stop Chinese hacking

The official U.S. strategy requires engaging Beijing in the sort of calculus-shifting diplomacy that China has resisted for centuries.

By Max Fisher  |  11:39 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, Diplomacy, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Someone found a college recruitment notice to join China's alleged military hacker team

Unit 61398 asked Chinese computer science grad students to join up back in 2004.

By Max Fisher  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Chinese hackers outed themselves by logging into their personal Facebook accounts

The hackers may have gotten lazy about logging out of "attack" servers before accessing U.S.-based social media.

By Max Fisher  |  02:01 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Chinese hacking: Obama admin. signals it will elevate issue with Beijing

The U.S. says it will raise its opposition to hacking within the already-complicated U.S.-China relationship.

By Max Fisher  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Fascinating video tracks a real Chinese hacker in action

The video, released by a U.S. security form, purports to show the hacker breaking into real, unsuspecting systems.

By Max Fisher  |  09:25 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013

The 11 foreign policy takeaways from Obama's State of the Union

Less Afghanistan and Syria, more cyber security and drones, outreach to Iran and more.

By Max Fisher  |  11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, C.I.A., Cyber Security, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Eric Schmidt, in new book: China could contribute to fracturing the Internet into pieces

The Google CEO reportedly warns that web censorship and hacking could lead states to deliberately break it apart.

By Max Fisher  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Reports: Gen. John Allen did not send 30,000 e-mails to Jill Kelley

The correspondence was actually "a few hundred e-mails over a couple of years," a senior official says.

By Max Fisher  |  03:40 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 11/12/2012

Heres the e-mail trick Petraeus and Broadwell used to communicate

They wrote their "intimate messages" as draft e-mails in a shared Gmail account.

By Max Fisher  |  06:10 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cia, Cyber Security

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 11/12/2012

Petraeus, snagged by online data trail, lived much of his life on e-mail

After years of carefully managing his image with a stream of e-mails, Petraeus’s digital habits may have helped lead investigators to his door.

By Max Fisher  |  04:27 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cia, Cyber Security

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 11/10/2012

Why David Petraeuss Gmail account is a national security issue

If the CIA director let Paula Broadwell compromise his e-mail security, the implications are enormous.

By Max Fisher  |  11:14 AM ET, 11/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 11/01/2011

At London cyber conference, Britain accused of doublespeak

As Foreign Minister William Hague spoke about Internet freedom Tuesday, some said his remarks were at odds with the the government reaction to the London riots.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:21 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  world, U.K., cyber-security, internet freedom