Top spy officials provided that cyber attacks are becoming a problem around the globe. The officials recommend on basic international rules to be adopted in order to curb future attacks since hacking is getting worse.”Cyber threats to U.S. national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication and severity of impact,” U.S. national intelligence director James Clapper warned the Senate Armed Services Committee.
People are using the internet and other cyber related avenues to attack others. Nations are also using government finances to fund hackers and other cartels. Professional government hacker spies play a lead role. Many private personnel files and planned attacks on various industries are being organized every week.
Hacking could be an act of war. Tentatively, governments are still trying to have an agreement on that. “We’re still working our way through that issue,” said U.S. Navy Admiral Mike Rogers, who also testified. Barely three months ago, world’s surveillance hacking team was exposed. The release exposed and jeopardized the growing cyberweapons market. The exposed Hacking Team marketed its products to a wide range of governments including a host of repressive regimes. African countries like Kenya and Ethiopia were also mentioned in the release. The fact that cyberweapos are being used by hackers, it directly implies that hacking is getting worse.
Rogers leads the NSA and America’s military hacking operations. When a senator asked him about defining a red line, Rogers said: “It has to be something that’s communicated that generates – a sense of consequence and deters attackers from hacking in the first place.” Without that, cyberattacks will continue at an alarming pace, officials warned. Reports CNN.
Four months ago, US government agency was hit by a massive data breach. The US government suspected the Chinese hackers for carrying out the attack. Many experts blamed China for the hack. On Tuesday, Clapper said, “U.S. investigators aren’t sure, because of differing degrees of confidence in the evidence.”
Corporate espionage is currently being used by many governments. China was accused of using its military hackers to steal American company secrets to give Chinese corporations. However, Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Obama publicly agreed that neither country would participate in economic espionage.
On Tuesday, experts had different opinions about hackers and how they can be stopped.”Clapper said that America may face a massive armageddon-like-scale attack against infrastructure which is shutting down the entire American electricity grid.
“What we could expect next is data manipulation, which then calls into question the integrity of the data, which in many ways is more insidious than the attacks we’ve suffered thus far,” Clapper warned.