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When it comes to cybersecurity, the federal government is nowhere to be found

When it comes to cybersecurity, the federal government is nowhere to be found
  • Last month, tens of thousands of images of travelers and license plates stored by the Customs and Border Protection agency were stolen in a digital breach. A federal contractor had transferred copies of the images to its network in violation of the contract. Then the subcontractor’s network was hacked – likely by a foreign government interested in tracking Americans or in the agency’s procedures.
  • Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been flaring regarding the latter’s stance on nuclear development, but this isn’t limited to two fuel tankers recently attacked in the Gulf of Oman and to Iran shooting down a U.S. intelligence drone. Iranian hackers have also ramped up campaigns around the world, particularly against U.S. targets, and it is unknown how effective we are in stopping them.
  • Four months ago, Citrix Systems, a multinational technology company, found that hackers breached its internal network, later determined likely to be the Iridium hacker group, which also hit Citrix last December. In the latter attack, six terabytes of sensitive
  • Last month, tens of thousands of images of travelers and license plates stored by the Customs and Border Protection agency were stolen in a digital breach. A federal contractor had transferred copies of the images to its network in violation of the contract. Then the subcontractor’s network was hacked – likely by a foreign government interested in tracking Americans or in the agency’s procedures.
  • Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been flaring regarding the latter’s stance on nuclear development, but this isn’t limited to two fuel tankers recently attacked in the Gulf of Oman and to Iran shooting down a U.S. intelligence drone. Iranian hackers have also ramped up campaigns around the world, particularly against U.S. targets, and it is unknown how effective we are in stopping them.
  • Four months ago, Citrix Systems, a multinational technology company, found that hackers breached its internal network, later determined likely to be the Iridium hacker group, which also hit Citrix last December. In the latter attack, six terabytes of sensitive internal files were stolen, including email and blueprints.

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