There have been a lot of cyber attacks on the United States in recent times, and that has been no secret. There have been attacks on government computers, servers of software and tech companies, computers of news sources have been hacked, and much more. And all this has happened in a span of a few months. Why and how are the questions that a lot of people are looking answers for.
Team Cymru has released a new report on this and has been shared exclusively with The Verge. The new report says that the hackers are collecting up to 1 tera bytes of data per day collectively. These could be a huge collection of news sources, military information, family and contact details of high profile public figures and politicians. This data could be anything, but the United States is losing a lot of data. And almost all of the reports released say that these attacks have been happening from China.
These attacks have been done using 500 computer servers, and that is a huge network. And when the attacks are happening at that scale, the funding has to be good. And there is a pretty good chance that these attacks could be sponsored by the state, according to the report. But the question is, which state.
Most of the fingers will point to the Chinese government for having these computers and servers hacked by an army of cyber criminals. CNET writes, “A report by Mandiant released last week linked China’s People’s Liberation Army to a large number of cyberattacks against U.S. corporations, government agencies, and other organizations. However, the Chinese government has flatly denied that it is involved in cyber-espionage or hacking.”
A few other reports claim that the attacks came from Eastern Europe, and some claim that they have originated from Iran’s government. Whatever may be the case, the information is being stolen on a huge scale. “The head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced last month that she believes a “cyber 9/11” could happen “imminently.” If such an event were to occur, she said, it could cripple the country and take down the power grid, water infrastructure, transportation systems, and financial networks,” says CNET.
“We shouldn’t wait until there is a 9/11 in the cyber world,” Napolitano said at the time. “There are things we can and should be doing right now that, if not prevent, would mitigate the extent of damage.”