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The cyber threat US government and financial web sites at risk of cyber attacks today as anonymous link hackers in the Middle East and North Africa threatened to strike with operation USA and a web posting.
The -- in this group says opt USA will target nine federal government sites including the White House in the Defense Department.
As -- a 133 financial institutions.
Nothing like let them know you -- comment experts expect the disruptions have come in the form of denial of service attacks and joining us from Washington we've got the vice president.
Security firm and then see if Steve ward thanks for being with a Steve.
You know we -- one thing why is it so easy to crack -- all these sites and these guys they were common and then they're going to be able to do it why are we -- able to stop them.
It's a good question.
Yeah thanks for having him I'm glad to tell your your couldn't -- this on this issue.
I think that.
It probably the best way to -- -- up is to say that if the CDC.
Were in charge of cyber security -- they call what we're facing right now pandemic.
-- corporations of all sizes.
They're faced with -- an alarming threat targeted at them by -- diverse set of adversaries.
-- ready for activists -- the case with that with anonymous.
Two cyber criminals organized gangs out of Russia and other other parts of the world.
As well as nation states such as China who are very active on the scene in terms of targeting corporations and governments.
Yeah now club who knew that Syria and -- so good attacking the Syrian electronic army is now packed and eight.
Different Twitter accounts in the last two weeks or so.
And then we had a big report coming out saying China is the world's worst offender.
Then another report came out a couple days -- signal actually these other countries over here or worse and now the Pentagon today comes out and calls out China by name.
Exactly -- is the worst -- Well I mean I think it's interesting.
-- more than a hundred -- nations with offensive cyber capabilities so so you have to.
-- sort of finger one actor.
Is difficult or would be difficult it weren't for the fact that one has really emerged as the most aggressive and that is China Han.
You know it's it's interesting that the report from the Pentagon.
Is making news.
Because we in cyber had known for a long long time dating back to the early two thousands.
That China you know he's an aggressive threat actor.
They started with unity in initial attempt at going after you know traditional cyber espionage type of type of activities.
Breaking into government agencies.
State Department Intel community things of that nature but it's -- it's more steady and it's really gotten more aggressive and targeted at intellectual property.
Staffed today what we would call -- -- sort of the death of a nation.
Theft of intellectual property in in massive troops massive waves -- really walking away with America's competitive future so -- China definitely rises to the top.
But let's not forget the fact that there are a lot of others out there that we seek to do arts and other.
-- -- in the western world harm as well.
-- my biggest worry is about.
The -- into systems like nuclear plants and electrical grids in major cities.
I mean we aren't doing nearly enough to protect those are we -- set priorities for what you get protected first.
Well honey it's -- everything needs to be protected and unfortunately right now it's sort of a situation where the emperor has no clothes I mean it we are are basically going to battle against -- -- a series.
Or set of adversaries with technologies that were designed to combat a threat from ten years ago.
Insecurity we really haven't been invaded you know in the way that we need to -- and and we really haven't seen leadership either from from the hill and and Vermont you know administrations.
In terms of driving in emphasis and a focus on cyber.
-- -- when we look at you where we sit today.
It really is a situation where everything's exposed you mentioned -- didn't -- nuclear facilities.
But back -- is as early as 2004.
You know China was indicate implicated in an attacks against our nuclear labs that continues to this day so -- nearly ten years on the same types of attacks that they were perpetrating against this ten years ago are still working.
Yeah and -- you know when the series -- just shut down all the lights in Manhattan may -- then we'll actually rally and do something about it thank you for being with us Steve ward.
And -- come up in the one.
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