National Security

1:41am

Wed February 13, 2013
National Security

Victims Of Cyberattacks Get Proactive Against Intruders

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 6:56 am

Some companies, frustrated with intrusions into their networks by cyberattackers, are now trying to turn the tables in the ongoing and complicated cyberwar.
iStockphoto.com

U.S. companies that have their networks routinely penetrated and their trade secrets stolen cannot be surprised by a new National Intelligence Estimate on the cyber-espionage threat. The classified NIE, the first-ever focusing on cybersecurity, concludes that the U.S. is the target of a major espionage campaign, with China the leading culprit.

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9:56am

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Cheney Likes Something Obama's Doing: Drone Strikes

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 11:08 am

Former Vice President Dick Cheney in October 2011.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

"I think it's a good program and I don't disagree with the basic policy that the Obama administration has pursued."

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6:07am

Tue February 12, 2013
National Security

In Cyberwar, Software Flaws Are A Hot Commodity

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 6:50 am

An analyst looks at code in the malware lab of a cybersecurity defense lab at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Sept. 29, 2011.
Jim Urquhart Reuters/Landov

There have been security flaws in software as long as there has been software, but they have become even more critically important in the context of cyberweapons development.

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3:26am

Mon February 11, 2013
National Security

Pentagon Goes On The Offensive Against Cyber Attacks

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 4:38 pm

Homeland Security analysts watch for threats to U.S. technological infrastructure at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

With the Pentagon now officially recognizing cyberspace as a domain of warfare, U.S. military commanders are emphasizing their readiness to defend the nation against cyberthreats from abroad. What they do not say is that they are equally prepared to launch their own cyberattacks against U.S. adversaries.

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11:21am

Fri February 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Death By Drone, And The Sliding Scale Of Presidential Power

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:00 pm

An unmanned drone armed with Hellfire missiles is shown over southern Afghanistan. A Hellfire missile fired from a drone was used in 2011 to kill an American in Yemen who the Obama administration says was an al-Qaida leader. Another American died in that attack, and a 16-year-old American was killed in a separate drone strike.
Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt AP

The controversy over President Obama's targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is generally to side with national security over civil liberties.

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