Cyber attacks grow increasingly reckless, official says

Sep 8, 2012

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Plunkett, head of the NSA's Information Assurance Directorate, the agency's cyber-defense arm, told a university audience that "we're starting to see nation-state resources and expertise employed in what we would characterize as reckless and disruptive, destructive behaviors."

I wish Deborah Plunkett would give some explicit examples. The problem is that the most sophisticated attacks and one of the few that have proven destructive in real-space were purportedly by the US. This makes the accusation that others are being "reckless" seem a little hollow, especially to those outside the US.

In July, General Keith Alexander, head of the NSA, said during an interview at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, that the number of computer attacks from hackers, criminal gangs and foreign nations on American infrastructure had increased 17-fold from 2009 to 2011.

I wonder if that 17-fold increase reflects the number of people increasing or the existing attackers becoming much more productive?

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