United States Computer Systems Under Attack
This is NOT good, Folks…United States computer systems are increasingly under attack by cyber-espionage from terrorists in other countries. Cyber-espionage is threatening our economic competitiveness and security. So exactly what sectors are under attack and what can we do about it? Should YOU be worried?
The U.S. intelligence community has stated that over the past five years the attacks are aimed primarily at the energy, finance, information technology, aerospace and automobile sectors. The country that is the greatest threat? China. it is the country that has been trying its darnedest to infiltrate computer systems of U.S. businesses in order to steal data that it can use to its advantage. Other countries that are top violators of hacking attempts? Russia, Israel and France. However, their attempts don’t compare to China’s.
There’s nothing that the average U.S. citizen can do; however, the Obama Administration is trying to battle the cyber-espionage with formal protests, the expulsion of diplomats, imposing travel restrictions, and formal complaints to the World Trade Organization.
One thing to keep in mind is that this cyber-espionage has been going on since computers began making it possible, so it’s not a new scenario that the U.S. has to deal with. Rather the changes in how the data is obtained is what our government has to deal with. Let’s hope that we can stay one step ahead.