Rise Is Seen in Cyberattacks Targeting U.S. Infrastructure

The top American military official responsible for defending the United States against cyberattacks said Thursday that there had been a 17-fold increase in computer attacks on American infrastructure between 2009 and 2011, initiated by criminal gangs, hackers and other nations.The assessment by Gen. Keith B. Alexander, who heads the National Security Agency and also the newly created United States Cyber Command, appears to be the government’s first official acknowledgment of the pace at which America’s electricity grids, water supplies, computer and cellphone networks and other infrastructure are coming under attack. Those attacks are considered potentially far more serious than computer espionage or financial crimes.To continue reading this New York Times report, go to:
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Cyber commander accuses countries of targeting infrastructure
Unspecified nations played a role in a 17-fold jump in cyber attacks on U.S. infrastructure since 2009, but this does not appear to reflect payback for a reported U.S. role in malicious code known as Stuxnet, the head of the Pentagon’s National Security Agency said on Thursday.”I don’t see the correlation there at all,” Army General Keith Alexander told a security forum in Aspen, Colorado. “I don’t see anything that goes to Stuxnet or anything like that.”

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