For the last few years, the creative minds of Hollywood had seemingly outpaced the reality of technological and scientific advances in the weapons field. But no longer. Stepping out of the realm of science fiction and into reality is the joint U.S. Air Force and Boeing electromagnetic pulse weapon, capable of targeting and destroying electrical systems without the collateral damage often associated with traditional firepower. As Don Cheadle noted in the ever-relevant Ocean's 11, this new weapon "is a bomb -- but without the bomb."
An FBI affidavit claims that a security expert who was pulled off a flight last month for sending tweets about hacking into a plane's controls admitted to briefly taking control of an aircraft and causing it to fly sideways.
According to an application for a search warrant filed in federal court, Chris Roberts told FBI agents in February that he had hacked into the inflight entertainment systems on airplanes manufactured by both Boeing and Airbus 15 to 20 times between 2011 and 2014. In one instance, the document claimed, Roberts said he infiltrated the airplane's thrust management computer and momentarily took control of an engine. Roberts did not specify when he had done so.
The technology and infrastructure that forms the backbone of America’s economic vitality and national security is subject to many risks, and among the most challenging is the risk posed by
space weather storms.
In November 2014, the National Science and Technology Council established
the Space Weather Operations, Research and Mitigation (SWORM) Task Force, and its charter directed the development of a National Space Weather Strategy, which will articulate high-level strategic goals for enhancing national preparedness to space weather events. Assistant
Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Caitlin Durkovich is a co-chair of the SWORM Task Force.
The house passed a bill Thursday encouraging private companies to share information about cyberattacks with federal authorities in an attempt to combat the growing problem.
The bill grants protection from liability for companies that share information and follow certain procedures.
Companies have been reluctant to share internal data about cyberattacks for fear of being sued, hurting efforts to fight criminals stealing personal information and state-sponsored campaigns stealing American intellectual property.
As the nation’s 9-1-1 and critical infrastructure networks begin to evolve from closed systems to IP-based systems, including next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) technology, the potential for new cybersecurity risks could increase.
Both regional and state emergency services IP networks (ESInets) as well as customer premises equipment (CPE) may become attractive targets for hackers, said Jason Jackson, executive director of the Alabama 9-1-1 Board, which recently completed a study of cybersecurity risks to the Alabama Next Generation Emergency Network (ANGEN). Jackson shared some of the state’s lessons learned during a National 911 Program presentation.
The United States is the most hacked country in the world, accounting for about 37 percent of all hacking attempts, said Jackson. Government agencies are targeted more often than individuals, companies or other organizations, with more than one-quarter of hacking attempts directed at government networks.