The Washington Post reports that Chinese hackers may have compromised many advanced U.S. weapon systems, citing a report by The Defense Science Board, which suggests that more than two dozen weapons systems were breached. The programs are said to be critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships. Richard Clarke is the former White House counter-terrorism czar and managing partner of Good Harbor, a cyber-security consultancy.
What will future cyber-conflicts look like? Richard Clarke, former White House counter-terrorism czar, has a few ideas. He's a managing partner of Good Harbor, a cyber-security consultancy.
This story has all the trappings of a spy novel, or a James Bond film. Espionage. International intrigue. Underground nuclear development. It would make for quite a work of fiction...except that this story is true. In 2010, a little virus called Stuxnet caused severe damage to an Iranian uranium-enrichment facility, effectively delaying Iran’s nuclear capabilities for months or possibly years. It was long thought that Israel took the lead in developing Stuxnet, but our next guest thinks that the Untied States was the culprit. And while we Americans might be skilled in creating cyber-viruses, we might be completely unprepared when it comes to defending ourselves against them.