19 Dec '12, 12am

DOJ Plans To Indict State-Sponsored Cyber Attackers

In an intriguing push against the ever-increasing number of foreign-governments sponsored cyber attacks against U.S. companies, the U.S. Department of Justice intends to turn to its roots with an old-fashioned tactic that has worked against the mafia, drug traffickers and white collar crime: criminal prosecutions. It is no secret that Chinese state-sponsored hackers have been running advanced persistent attacks against U.S. defense contractors in recent years — often virtually living on their computer networks. But until now, responses to cyber attacks were viewed as either a legislative challenge, an intelligence riddle for the FBI, or a potential Defense Department and National Security Agency job. The riddle has consistently been this: If defenses aren’t working against better and better attackers, how to make the attackers pay? State Department demarches? Ineffectual. ...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20121218/C4ISR01/31218...

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