State-Sponsored Hackers Disrupt Networks and Justify DHS New Digital Militia
Susanne Posel, Contributor
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Last month Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) claims that unspecified reports coming from US financial institutions assert that hackers are “actively” attacking them. Napolitano said:
Right now, financial institutions are actively under attack. We know that. I’m not giving you any classified information… I will say this has involved some of our nation’s largest institutions. We’ve also had our stock exchanges attacked over the last [few] years, so we know… there are vulnerabilities.
Being mysterious, Napolitano said that an unverified $400,000 had been stolen by hackers from Bank of America. The DHS is responsible for securing computer networks that are deemed unclassified for the benefit of civilian agencies, private sector corporations and individuals.
Napolitano confirmed that hackers are infiltrating banking networks but said:
I really don’t want to go into that per se. All I want to say is that there are active matters going on with financial institutions.
The National Security Agency (NSA) has begun a comprehensive program to make our schools into scouting grounds for a team of American-grown hackers. The NSA is focusing on colleges and universities within the United States. Four schools have already been singled out as official Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.