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Obama hasn't selected a cyber security adviser yet, but the final decision is expected soon

President Barack Obama still hasn't selected a new cyber security coordinator yet, but his final decision is expected in the next week or so.

The most likely candidate to fill the cyber security czar position is Frank Kramer, who served as assistant Defense secretary during former President Bill Clinton's presidency.  Each possible candidate was interviewed by U.S. chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra, who also confirmed someone would be chosen soon.

Obama ordered a 60-day cyber review, which was led by Melissa Hathaway, though Hathaway pulled her name out of the hat due to disappointment in the length of time it has taken Obama to select a candidate.

The nation faces continued cyber pressure from China, North Korea, Eastern Europe, and random attacks by rogue hackers.  Specifically, security experts are most concerned about China, which reportedly has led coordinated cyber attacks against the U.S. infrastructure.

In addition to temporarily shutting down servers, lax U.S. cyber security also led to identity theft, intellectual property theft, and similar attacks that has led to software, classified information, and money being stolen from U.S. companies and institutions.

The U.S. government is interested in better researching cyber security, especially since security experts point out the government cannot properly respond to cyber attacks.  An official government position dedicated to cyber security will hopefully be able to fill in security holes, while also preparing the U.S. to launch cyber attacks against foreign targets.

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The little guy
By Mitch101 on 9/10/2009 9:28:53 AM , Rating: 3
I have an annoying person that is constantly testing my websites with hacks. Other than blocking out the IP and notifying the ISP there is little I can do to keep him from getting another IP and trying again. I feel like he picked my website as a training ground for him to learn to hack. I would personally like to have a way of escalating these attacks to an authority to put an end to this in a much more direct way than to block the IP or modify some code to add additional layer of prevention to the site. Reporting to an ISP hacking attempts you just get an automated response that is useless. My website coding is now something like 1 line of code to do what you need and 10 additional lines to sanitize/prevent hackers. There isnt anything of importance on my site for them so I have to think they are just learning at my expense. Not sure what they would do if they did get into my site but its a task keeping them out.

The last attack I reported to Cox communications and it so far appears to have gotten a result because I haven't seen him in a few days now but maybe he hasn't gotten a new IP address I haven't blocked yet before he starts again. If Cox did do something I would like to know what actions they took to tell this person to knock it off.

There doesn't appear to be enough of a deterrent or system to go after online hackers.

RE: The little guy
By HrilL on 9/10/2009 12:14:09 PM , Rating: 3
The internet is like the wild west. There is no law to protect you so you need to protect yourself. If he keeps hacking you attack him back. DDOS him and see how he likes it.

RE: The little guy
By CosmoJoe on 9/10/2009 12:36:19 PM , Rating: 3
LOL.. yes, DDOS him... from a Cox account.

RE: The little guy
By Mitch101 on 9/10/2009 1:24:48 PM , Rating: 2
Cox-Block? LOL.

RE: The little guy
By StuckMojo on 9/10/2009 2:40:17 PM , Rating: 2
Cox-Block? LOL.


RE: The little guy
By MrBlastman on 9/10/2009 2:41:12 PM , Rating: 2
ping -f -s 6500 targetipaddress (or bigger packets if you have the upstream)


Your own private botnet = no more annoying person. That is, assuming he isn't spoofing his ip. Also, this is assuming you have a t1 or better (your upstream has to be bigger than his downstream).

RE: The little guy
By peebee on 9/10/2009 5:18:23 PM , Rating: 2
This technique has been around since the 90s and is still effective domestically. Isn't that sad? Our own infrastructure hasn't even developed enough to simply nullify a T1 DoS. Try throwing that little 1.544 mbps up against a residential line overseas. They'll laugh at you.

I know, off topic, but we need to get out of the dark ages from an infrastructure point of view.

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