The director of the US National Security Agency Admiral Mike Rogers confirmed that “probably one or two” countries have the cyber ability to hit the USA.
In the recent weeks different attacks hit US infrastructure, the networks at The State Department, at the US Postal Service systems and at the WhiteHouse were compromised by hackers. Security experts speculate that state-sponsored hackers are targeting US critical infrastructure for cyber espionage purpose, the circumstance poses the USA at serious risks.
Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, confirmed that “probably one or two” countries have the cyber ability necessary to infiltrate US networks and shut down critical systems.
The Admiral Mike Rogers stated that U.S. power utilities, telecommunication network, aviation networks, financial companies and energy firms are privileged targets of state-sponsored hackers.
Speaking to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee about cyber threats, Rogers explained that hackers can penetrate US networks to gather sensitive data in a “reconnaissance” activity and data collected could be used in successive hacking campaigns.
“What concerns us is that access, that capability can be used by nation-states, groups or individuals to take down that capability,” he said.
Rogers explicitly refers China as one of the countries that can compromise US infrastructure.
“There’s probably one or two others,” Rogers said, declining to provide further comments.
Rogers testified two days after the rejection in the Senate of the review of the NSA surveillance collection of telephone records.
“Rogers testified two days after a bill to overhaul the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone records failed in the Senate. Privacy advocates will probably now have to start over to pass a law to reform U.S. surveillance rules. He said at the hearing that telephone companies are still providing those records to the NSA, but under stricter rules than when the program was exposed in 2013 by former contractor Edward Snowden.” reported the Reuters Agency.
Rogers explained that the NSA despite is still accessing to data provided by telephone companies, has completely changed its way to manage it in compliance to stricter rules that preserve citizens’ privacy.
This is a crucial moment for the US intelligence, the Agencies are moving forward with significant technological changes and at same time have to face with growing threats against Homeland Security.
“He said the agency, and telephone companies, would rather wait and see what might be included in any new law.” added the Reuters.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
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