Spy Agency Responsible for 2008 Cyber Attack, Pentagon Claims
August 26, 2010
US (ChattahBox) – The Pentagon has said that a foreign spy agency is responsible for the 2008 cyber attacks that led to malicious software being uploaded onto the computers of a Middle East base, spreading to various federal computers and offering a way to transmit information found for months.
No specific country has been named as responsible, though there has been speculation that it may have been a spy agency in China for some time. The Pentagon has said that about 100 foreign intelligence agencies were attempting to hack into U.S. computer networks.
“Some governments already have the capacity to disrupt elements of the U.S. information infrastructure,” Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn was quoted by Reuters.
“Cyber attacks offer a means for potential adversaries to overcome overwhelming U.S. advantages in conventional military power and to do so in ways that are instantaneous and exceedingly hard to trace.”
The 2008 attacks were the first real push to force the hand of the Pentagon, acting as a “wake up call” to the dangers of the Internet, and the potential for cyber warfare.