29 Mar 2012

Former cybersecurity adviser for White House said US is losing cybersecurity war

As technology has advanced, so to have hackers and scammers across the internet. Richard Clarke, a former internet security and cyberterrorism adviser for the White House, testified to Congress that every major company in the U.S. has been virtually penetrated by China, according to Computerworld.

In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, Clarke compared the cyber war with actual war and said China may be dropping "logic bombs," trapdoor viruses and Trojan horses in chips, routers and hardware from the country, all ready to be activated at the push of a button.

“My greatest fear is that, rather than having a cyber-Pearl Harbor event, we will instead have this death of a thousand cuts," Clarke told the magazine. "Where we lose our competitiveness by having all of our research and development stolen by the Chinese. And we never really see the single event that makes us do something about it. That it’s always just below our pain threshold."

Computerworld said Shawn Henry, the FBI's "top cyber cop" also said the U.S. is not winning the war against cyber criminals. Companies, agencies and people should make sure they have high levels of internet security so they are protected against dangerous viruses and bugs online.