Best of the Week
Most Popular
1. Investing in a Bubble Mania Stock Market Trending Towards Financial Crisis 2.0 CRASH! - 9th Sep 21
2.Tech Stocks Bubble Valuations 2000 vs 2021 - 25th Sep 21
3.Stock Market FOMO Going into Crash Season - 8th Oct 21
4.Stock Market FOMO Hits September Brick Wall - Evergrande China's Lehman's Moment - 22nd Sep 21
5.Crypto Bubble BURSTS! BTC, ETH, XRP CRASH! NiceHash Seizes Funds on Account Halting ALL Withdrawals! - 19th May 21
6.How to Protect Your Self From a Stock Market CRASH / Bear Market? - 14th Oct 21
7.AI Stocks Portfolio Buying and Selling Levels Going Into Market Correction - 11th Oct 21
8.Why Silver Price Could Crash by 20%! - 5th Oct 21
9.Powell: Inflation Might Not Be Transitory, After All - 3rd Oct 21
10.Global Stock Markets Topped 60 Days Before the US Stocks Peaked - 23rd Sep 21
Last 7 days
How Stagflation Effects Stocks - 5th Dec 21
Bitcoin FLASH CRASH! Cryptos Blood Bath as Exchanges Run Stops, An Early Christmas Present for Some? - 5th Dec 21
TESCO Pre Omicron Panic Christmas Decorations Festive Shop 2021 - 5th Dec 21
Dow Stock Market Trend Forecast Into Mid 2022 - 4th Dec 21
INVESTING LESSON - Give your Portfolio Some Breathing Space - 4th Dec 21
Don’t Get Yourself Into a Bull Trap With Gold - 4th Dec 21
GOLD HAS LOTS OF POTENTIAL DOWNSIDE - 4th Dec 21
4 Tips To Help You Take Better Care Of Your Personal Finances- 4th Dec 21
What Is A Golden Cross Pattern In Trading? - 4th Dec 21
Bitcoin Price TRIGGER for Accumulating Into Alt Coins for 2022 Price Explosion - Part 2 - 3rd Dec 21
Stock Market Major Turning Point Taking Place - 3rd Dec 21
The Masters of the Universe and Gold - 3rd Dec 21
This simple Stock Market mindset shift could help you make millions - 3rd Dec 21
Will the Glasgow Summit (COP26) Affect Energy Prices? - 3rd Dec 21
Peloton 35% CRASH a Lesson of What Happens When One Over Pays for a Loss Making Growth Stock - 1st Dec 21
Stock Market Sentiment Speaks: I Fear For Retirees For The Next 20 Years - 1st Dec 21 t
Will the Anointed Finanical Experts Get It Wrong Again? - 1st Dec 21
Main Differences Between the UK and Canadian Gaming Markets - 1st Dec 21
Bitcoin Price TRIGGER for Accumulating Into Alt Coins for 2022 Price Explosion - 30th Nov 21
Omicron Covid Wave 4 Impact on Financial Markets - 30th Nov 21
Can You Hear It? That’s the Crowd Booing Gold’s Downturn - 30th Nov 21
Economic and Market Impacts of Omicron Strain Covid 4th Wave - 30th Nov 21
Stock Market Historical Trends Suggest A Strengthening Bullish Trend In December - 30th Nov 21
Crypto Market Analysis: What Trading Will Look Like in 2022 for Novice and Veteran Traders? - 30th Nov 21
Best Stocks for Investing to Profit form the Metaverse and Get Rich - 29th Nov 21
Should You Invest In Real Estate In 2021? - 29th Nov 21
Silver Long-term Trend Analysis - 28th Nov 21
Silver Mining Stocks Fundamentals - 28th Nov 21
Crude Oil Didn’t Like Thanksgiving Turkey This Year - 28th Nov 21
Sheffield First Snow Winter 2021 - Snowballs and Snowmen Fun - 28th Nov 21
Stock Market Investing LESSON - Buying Value - 27th Nov 21
Corsair MP600 NVME M.2 SSD 66% Performance Loss After 6 Months of Use - Benchmark Tests - 27th Nov 21

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

How to Protect your Wealth by Investing in AI Tech Stocks

China Cyber-Hacking of America

Companies / Cyber War Feb 19, 2013 - 01:24 PM GMT

By: Money_Morning

Companies

William Patalon writes: We've been warning for some time now that cybersecurity would emerge as one of the top issues to track.

Indeed, in column we published on February 1st , we even predicted that the cyber-hacking of America - especially from China, Russia and Iran - would turn into one of the top stories of 2013.


And that's precisely how it's turning out.
Just last week, The Washington Post reported that a brand new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) has concluded that the United States "is the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening the country's economic competitiveness."

Not surprisingly, given recent news events, the chief culprit has been identified as China.

NIE reports are classified documents that are prepared for U.S. policymakers and represent a consensus view of the U.S. intelligence community. The fact that an NIE was prepared on this particular topic underscores just how seriously the global cyber-hacking issue is being taken in Washington.

The Post story relied on unnamed sources that reporter Ellen Nakashima said were familiar with the contents of this particular report.

According to Nakashima, the NIE report "describes a wide range of sectors that have been the focus of hacking over the past five years, including energy, finance, information technology, aerospace and automotives ... the assessment does not quantify the financial impact of the espionage, but outside experts have estimated it in the tens of billions of dollars."

The NIE report is just the latest in a fusillade of headlines that have riddled the news since we last talked to you about this. For instance:

■Earlier this month, Iran broadcast clips of what it claimed was encrypted video footage extracted from the surveillance cameras of the state-of-the-art Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) it says it seized back in December 2011. The Iranian military claims its "cyber-corps" actually "spoofed" the unmanned airplane's avionics, and induced the ship to land 140 miles inside its own territory. (The U.S. military disputed the claim and said the UAV crashed because of a malfunction.) The aircraft - which aviation buffs dubbed "The Beast of Kandahar" because of its aggressive, futuristic look - represents front-line technology. Now Iran claims it is reverse-engineering the airplane and stealing its secrets.
■Last week, the ultra-secret U.S. Federal Reserve was forced to admit it had been the victim of a "hack attack" after the group Anonymous claimed responsibility via a Super Bowl Sunday Tweet. Anonymous claimed it had compromised 4,000 bankers' credentials on a private computer system the Fed uses to communicate with bankers in emergencies. It also grabbed secret forecasts the Fed uses in policymaking decisions.

The NIE report names three other countries - Russia, Israel and France - that it alleges have hacked America in pursuit of economic booty.

But the report makes clear that the cyber-spying efforts of this trio are dwarfed by the moves allegedly made by China.

(Beijing vehemently denies the allegation, and says it neither engages in, nor condones, illegal computer hacking.)

Why should we - as individual investors - care about this? I mean, isn't this just something that the folks down at the Pentagon need to sort out?

The fact is, you should care a great deal about this, and not just for military or patriotic reasons.

The cyber-hacking of America affects each and every one of us.

Nakashima, the reporter for The Post, actually summarized it quite eloquently when she wrote that "cyber-espionage ... once viewed as a concern mainly by U.S. intelligence and the military, is increasingly seen as a direct threat to the nation's economic interests."

In other words, the innovations, trade secrets and competitive advantages we lose through an unchecked reign of cyber-espionage will grind away at Corporate America's market share and profits - which, in turn, will savage U.S. stock prices.

Initially, we'll all feel the pinch when we see how that share-price erosion has savaged our retirement holdings - and even our life savings.

And we all know what happens when Corporate America sees its profits, market share and stock prices hit the skids - it fires people ... en masse.

(As a former journalist, I don't go for all those euphemisms companies try to employ to divert attention from the human toll that results from mass job cuts. These aren't "layoffs," because the companies have no intention of "calling the workers back," like in the old days. Nor will I use the terms "downsizing," "reduction-in-force" (RIFs), or "right-sizing." When these folks get cut, they're fired - and the jobs won't come back.)

Washington is responding. But you have to wonder just how effective those responses will be.

The options open to the Obama administration include formal protests, the expulsion of diplomatic personnel, the imposition of travel and visa restrictions, and complaints to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Not exactly awe-inspiring stuff.

In late January, Pentagon officials said they were working on a big expansion of their cybersecurity forces. The plan there is twofold: First, counter the incursions that could cripple our infrastructure, economy and national security; and, second, take the battle back to America's cyber-enemies.

That strategy would require a 444% increase in the U.S. Department of Defense's Cyber Command - boosting its ranks from 900 now to an estimated 4,900 when the expansion is completed, The Washington Post reported back then.

But that plan, too, is somewhat suspect.

Although defense officials said the Pentagon is "constantly looking to recruit, train and retain world class cyber-personnel," they also conceded that finding, training and keeping such a big group of hyper-qualified specialists would be a huge challenge - if not an outright impossibility.

Nevertheless, "the threat is real and we need to react to it," William J. Lynn III, a former deputy defense secretary who worked on the Pentagon's cybersecurity strategy, told The New York Times.

Let's hope we can.

This is another one of those seminal issues - like the ongoing affair in the South China Sea - that we'll keep watching for you.

That way you'll stay ahead of the curve ...

And if you would like to join the thousands of investors Private Briefing has already helped to make big money in the markets. You can do it for just 26 cents a day.

I'm proud to say that in a little over a year, we've had more than four dozen winners, including four that have doubled and two that ended up as takeover targets.

To learn more click here.

Source :http://moneymorning.com/2013/02/19/the-cyber-hacking-of-america-is-going-to-cost-us-big-time/

Money Morning/The Money Map Report

©2013 Monument Street Publishing. All Rights Reserved. Protected by copyright laws of the United States and international treaties. Any reproduction, copying, or redistribution (electronic or otherwise, including on the world wide web), of content from this website, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of Monument Street Publishing. 105 West Monument Street, Baltimore MD 21201, Email: customerservice@moneymorning.com

Disclaimer: Nothing published by Money Morning should be considered personalized investment advice. Although our employees may answer your general customer service questions, they are not licensed under securities laws to address your particular investment situation. No communication by our employees to you should be deemed as personalized investent advice. We expressly forbid our writers from having a financial interest in any security recommended to our readers. All of our employees and agents must wait 24 hours after on-line publication, or after the mailing of printed-only publication prior to following an initial recommendation. Any investments recommended by Money Morning should be made only after consulting with your investment advisor and only after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Money Morning Archive

© 2005-2019 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in