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Panetta Warns of Dire Threat of Cyberattack on U.S.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Thursday that the United States was facing the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government. ... Read More

: Elisabeth Bumiller
: 10/11/2012
: New York Times

Feds: Microelectronics company owner tried to hide complex scheme to help Russian military

HOUSTON — Prosecutors and the FBI say the owner of a Texas microelectronics company used a nondescript office front in Houston to run a complex operation designed to illegally sell highly regulated technology to the Russian military. FBI special agent Crosby Houpt read from emails and phone transcripts at a detention hearing Wednesday. Prosecutors say the material shows that Alexander Fishenko instructed his Russian counterparts to forge documents and hide information that could indicate the cutting-edge microelectronics would end up with military agencies. ... Read More

: Alexander Zemlianichenko
: 10/10/2012
: Associated Press

Investigative Report on the U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE

The threat posed to U.S. national-security interests by vulnerabilities in the telecommunications supply chain is an increasing priority given: the country’s reliance on interdependent critical infrastructure systems; the range of threats these systems face; the rise in cyber espionage; and the growing dependence all consumers have on a small group of equipment provider
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: Chairman Mike Rogers and Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger - US House of Representatives
: 10/08/2012
: Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence - US House of Representatives

FBI: Workers hid scheme to sell Russia electronics

HOUSTON (AP) — An FBI agent testified Friday that employees at a Houston company were coached to hide information about the cutting-edge microelectronics the firm was buying from U.S. manufacturers and later illegally reselling to Russian military and intelligence agencies. U.S. authorities have arrested Alexander Fishenko, owner of Arc Electronics Inc., and seven of his employees, including Alexander Posobilov, who was the company's director of procurement. They are accused of being involved in a scheme to illicitly sell military technology to Russia, starting in 2008. U.S. Magistrate Judge George Hanks Jr. denied bail for Posobilov, 58, following a detention hearing Friday. Hanks agreed with prosecutors that Posobilov, a Russian immigrant who later became a U.S. citizen, was a flight risk. ... Read More

: JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press
: 10/06/2012
: Associated Press

Security the main challenge for wireless?

Wireless technology still has huge challenges ahead of it according to Intel’s chief technology officer, Justin Rattner. Speaking to EE Times recently, Rattner noted that in an age where everything that computes will connect, the industry would have to overcome several roadblocks and push for a lot of improvements before the technology was in any way ready to be entirely pervasive. “We still build a lot of the wireless radios using techniques that date back about 120-130 years,” said Rattner, adding that the industry was only just starting to grapple with optimizations that give users the wireless experience they want without killing their battery. ... Read More

: Sylvie Barak
: 10/04/2012
: EE Times

Counterfeiting problems not getting any better

Counterfeit incident reports from the beginning of the year through the end of August averaged 107.3 per month, up slightly from 107.1 in 2011, says IHS On a sequential 12-month basis, a total of 1,336 separate verified counterfeit-part incidents have been made for transactions involving a minimum of 834,079 purchased parts. These figures are considered conservative because purchased parts reflect only a subset of all reported incidents.

Counterfeit parts are an escalating global supply chain challenge where a single occurrence represents widespread risk to product cost and quality, human safety, and national security. ... Read More

: [None specified]
: 10/03/2012
: Electronics Weekly

Counterfeit chip reports maintain record pace

SAN FRANCISCO—U.S. defense representatives are set to update rules governing the acquisition of electronic components by the military Wednesday (Oct. 3) in an effort to thwart an epidemic of counterfeit parts which has continued at an unprecedented pace thus far in 2012, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. Reported incidents of counterfeit electronic parts have increased slightly from the record highs achieved last year, IHS said. The number of reported incidents this year through August has average 107.3 per month, up from 107.1 last year, IHS said. ... Read More

: Dylan McGrath
: 10/03/2012
: EE Times

Texas: Executive Accused of Illegal Exports to Russia

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a Houston electronics executive with illegally exporting microelectronics to Russian military and intelligence agencies, as part of a sophisticated network aimed at supplying American high-tech goods for use in Russian weapons systems. ... Read More

: Manny Fernandez
: 10/03/2012
: NY Times

Electronic Component Counterfeit Incidents Continue Record Pace as the US Department of Defense Set to Update Acquisition Rules

Reported incidents of counterfeit electronic component parts this year are maintaining the record pace set in 2011, highlighting the need for continued vigilance and improved detection and avoidance measures at a time when U.S. defense representatives are scheduled to update acquisition rules, according to information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS). Counterfeit incident reports from the beginning of the year through the end of August averaged 107.3 per month, up slightly from 107.1 in 2011. As shown in the figure below, on a sequential 12-month basis, a total of 1,336 separate verified counterfeit-part incidents have been made for transactions involving a minimum of 834,079 purchased parts. These figures are considered conservative because purchased parts reflect only a subset of all reported incidents. ... Read More

: [None specified]
: 10/02/2012
: IHS/iSuppli

Hackers shifting to ‘destruction’: US cyber chief

WASHINGTON - Hackers are stepping up the intensity of their attacks, moving from "disruption" to "destruction" of key computer systems, the top US cyber-defense official said Monday. General Keith Alexander, who is director of the National Security Agency and commander of the US Cyber Command, told a Washington forum that the new tactics could move beyond mere annoyances and begin causing severe economic damage. “We are seeing the threat grow from exploitation to disruption to destruction,” he told the group at the Woodrow Wilson Center.   ... Read More

: AFP
: 10/01/2012
: Security Week