Hacking America


  • Cyberthreat Weekly Recap: Week of July 19th

    This week CNBC hit the streets to see what you think about cyber security. In the headlines this week -- a new study finds employees are the biggest corporate cyber threat, and Quantum Dawn 2 tests how prepared Wall Street is for a cyberattack. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports

  • Cyberthreat Weekly Recap: Week of July 12

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan reports that once again cybersecurity is a topic at talks between the US and China. Also, an invasion of the living dead? In light of a Montana television station's emergency alert system being hacked in February, a new report says emergency alert servers are vulnerable.

  • Cyberthreat Weekly Recap: Week of July 5

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports the Pentagon is preparing for cyberwarfare. Also this week, a report says many manufacturing and distribution executives have their heads in the sand when it comes to the cyberthreat. And a retired Marine General may have leaked information about a US cyberattack on Iran, according to an unidentified source cited by NBC News.

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    A former U.K. minister told CNBC that he "learned to live" with "several security services" bugging his electronic communications.

  • Cyberthreat Weekly Recap: June 28, 2013

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports that cybercrime has given the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners a new dimension at their annual conference. Also this week, a report warns that hackers can damage US oil pipelines and offshore rigs. In addition, China says it is the victim of U.S. hacks and called America the "the biggest villain in our age."

  • Cyberthreat Weekly Recap: Week of June 21

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports that the U.S. and Russia came together to sign a pact on cybersecurity communication. Also, potentially the scariest cyber threat -- could hackers affect your insulin pump or pacemaker? The FDA warned medical device manufacturers to protect their products from cyber vulnerabilities.

  • Cyberthreat Weekly Recap: Week of May 3

    The US may be the pot calling the kettle black when it comes to hacks from China. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports that according NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the US government has been hacking Chinese computers since 2009

  • Chinese Hacked Obama, McCain Campaigns

    Cyberattacks linked to the Chinese government will be at the top of the U.S. agenda when President Obama meets with Chinese president Xi Jinping Friday in California. Chinese officials deny any role in the cyberattacks, but U.S. experts say the 2008 attack was a "wake up call." NBC's Michael Isikoff reports. Officials say Chinese hackers took internal documents from the Obama and McCain campaigns.

  • US Pressures China -- Wants Hacker Crackdown

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on increasing pressure from the U.S. on China's cyberespionage efforts, Microsoft's Botnet bust and recent increase in spamming for profit.

  • The Thrill of the Hack: Prosecuting Cybercrime

    A convicted felon says the government's heavy-duty crackdown on hacking may be going too far and hurting innovation, reports CNBC's Scott Cohn.

  • Frustrated by their inability to stop sophisticated hacking attacks or use the law to punish their assailants, an increasing number of businesses are taking retaliatory action.

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    It's frightening to imagine that suddenly your pilot is flying blind or taking evasive action to avoid another plane. A hacker says he has proof that the air traffic control system can be hacked.

  • Cyberthreat Weekly Recap: Week of May 31

    China has reportedly obtained critical defense secrets and Iran has reportedly poised a serious threat to U.S. oil, gas and electric companies. CNBC's Eamon Javers reports.

  • Cyberthreat Weekly Recap: Week of May 24

    A new report found that intellectual property theft, much of which is done in cyber space, costs the US $300 billion and 2.1 jobs a year. Scott Cohn reports.

  • Cyberthreat Weekly Recap: Week of May 17

    The FBI has a new plan to battle Internet crime, it begins with opening up its secret files to corporate America.

  • Cyberthreat Weekly Recap: Week of May 10

    The largest bank heist in US history was announced this week. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports that the accused cyber criminals targeted banks and third party credit card processors. Also, the Pentagon, in its annual report on China, directly blamed China¿s government and military for attacks on the US.

  • Cyberthreat Weekly Recap: Week of May 3

    CNBC's Eamon Javers talks with David Fastabend, Advanced Information Systems, about security precautions companies should implement now to protect themselves from cyberattacks.

  • Cyberthreat Weekly Recap: Week of May 3

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports hackers have been working overtime, breaching Reputation.com, Living Social and the Twitter account of the Guardian in the UK. Even the Army Corps of Engineers National Inventory of Dams and the Department of Labor were compromised.

  • Verizon Warns Businesses About CyberThreats

    Verizon's Wade Baker talks about the company's Annual Data Breach Investigation. With CNBC's Scott Cohn.

  • A hacking of the AP's Twitter account sends the markets plunging. CNBC's Scott Cohn has the details.


Investigations Inc.: Cyber Espionage

  • When a person enters information on a website, like an email or credit card, it gets stored in that company’s data base. Those web-based forms are a simple tool for users, but they are also another way hackers can exploit a company’s system. Instead of inputting a name into the website, cyber spies can put in a specially crafted text that may cause the database to execute the code instead of simply storing it, Alperovitch said. The result is a “malicious takeover of the system,” he said.

    By attacking business computer networks, hackers are accessing company secrets and confidential strategies and creating huge losses for the overall economy.

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    China is working feverishly to counteract its slowest GDP growth in recent years, and one of the ways it’s doing so, say U.S. officials, is through the theft of American corporate secrets.

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    US businesses are enduring an unprecedented onslaught of cyber invasions from foreign governments, organized crime syndicates, and hacker collectives, all seeking to steal information and disrupt services, cybersecurity experts say.


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