According to newly revealed secret documents, the NSA retains wide discretion over targeting individuals for surveillance – including, potentially, Americans. Civil libertarians say ‘it confirms our worst fears.’
US investigators shut down a vast cyber money-laundering scheme used by clients who sought complete anonymity, calling themselves things like ‘Russia Hackers’ and saying their address was ‘123 Fake Main Street.’
In addition to authorizing the use of cyberweapons, the White House is preparing an executive order to beef up cybersecurity for critical infrastructure, such as the electric grid, refineries, and telecommunications.
A local candidate says a crucial piece of Ohio vote-tallying software was not properly vetted by the state and could be hacked. A judge will hear to case on Election Day and decide whether to grant an injunction against use of the software Tuesday.
A Saudi energy company has lately confirmed that its computer networks were targeted by a cyberattack. But perhaps more important is the discovery of Gauss, malware believed to be related to the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran’s nuclear centrifuges in 2009.
The Senate on Monday takes up a cyber security bill affecting companies that own power systems, water facilities, and other critical infrastructure. Though new security standards would not be mandatory, the private sector remains cautious.
Stuxnet infected some 130,000 computers worldwide, most of them related to Iran’s nuclear fuel enrichment program. It’s programmed to shut down just after midnight Sunday, but there likely are other cyber espionage systems out there.