US Intelligence Community Says “Cyber Attacks Trump Terrorism”

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An AP investigation found that a $10 billion a year cyber effort to protect the nation is failing to keep up with daily attacks from would-be thieves and hostile states who grab Social Security numbers and hijack critical websites.

AP reporters recently visited the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Fighting Center, directed by Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at DHS in Arlington, Virginia. Federal cyber incidents have increased from 26,942 in 2009 to 46605 in 2013.

NPPD works to advance the Department’s national security mission by reducing and eliminating threats to the Nation’s critical physical and cyber infrastructure.

Marc Maiffret, Chief Technology Officer of Beyond Trust, was once a hacker, who was raided for accessing federal government computer systems to post anti-government slogans.

At a recent Blackhat Security Convention in Las Vegas “blackhat USA 2014, a demonstration showed attendees how to hack into a federal government application within minutes. Many vulnerabilities with cyber attacks are caused by carelessness by government workers, who click on malicious links or lose their cell phones.

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