- February 7, 2019
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Challenges in Cybersecurity- The new year brings increased challenges to the cybersecurity front. Current trends show that cyberattacks will grow in frequency during 2019. The government’s cybersecurity efforts already got off to a rocky start due to a highly politicized government shutdown. Will the American government be ready to keep ahead of the pace of black-market hacking innovations and intelligence-seeking, malicious foreign actors?
In 2018, we saw a number of cyberattacks directed at both federal and state government entities. One notable example was a disinformation campaign carried out by entities linked to Iranian state media during the 2018 midterm elections. Other governmental organizations that were also targeted throughout 2018 include the U.S. Treasury suffering a spear phishing attack perpetrated by an Iranian cyberespionage group. This attack compromised the personal emails of U.S Treasury officials.
A U.S Navy contractor also suffered a data breach that resulted in the extraction of critical information on Navy submarine technology and weapons. The data hack netted the Chinese government 614 gigabytes of data. Among the stolen files were plans related to a supersonic anti-ship missile intended to be usable next year, details regarding a project known as Sea Dragon and the Navy Submarine Development Unit’s electronic warfare library.
According to a report by cybersecurity firm AllegisCyber, we can expect these types of incidents to continue throughout 2019. However, there are several emerging cyberthreats that could worsen an already delicate situation. According to a report done by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), foreign actors have begun conducting software supply chain operations where they attempt to inject malware in software before it is distributed.
Among the most prevalent emerging malware threats are the newer ransomware strains, such as Phobos Ransomware, which has been one of the most popular threats of its type in 2019 thus far. This particular malware encrypts files on an infected machine and subsequently makes demands to the computer user to pay a ransom fee to restore the encrypted files.
After the global outbreak of the WannaCry infection, which affected the UK’s hospital system, the growing concerns surrounding ransom and malware have propagated into other avenues of the tech world, including many large corporations and governments all around the world.
Another peripheral concern involves the fact that foreign governments, including China and Russia, have created laws that permit their central government to seize records of domestic businesses in the course of arbitrary “national security” requests.
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Article Credit: American Thinker
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