Jessica: Twitter is just the latest victim of a cyber attack. The social networking service revealed hackers may have gained access to as many as 250,000 user accounts.
This comes days after the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times revealed hackers infiltrated all three news organizations.
Merkel: No matter what you spend or what you do, there is always some size of gap. And if there is an attacker that is sufficiently motivated, that’s persistent, that’s dedicated to stealing what you have, they will succeed.
Jessica: It is one of the reasons why the U.S. government is looking for a few good men and women. They want to assemble the largest cyber army ever created. Their mission? Among other things, launching cyber attacks, defending against enemy cyber attacks and protecting America’s infrastructure such as transportation systems, telecommunications, and power plants.
Shawn Henry: There are estimates that there are attempted breaches in the millions of times per day. They’ll just continuously knock until they find an edge to get in.
Jessica: The Pentagon plans to add 4,000 people to its cyber command. The Department of Homeland Security will also add 600 more positions.
You may be surprised at who the government is hiring – hackers themselves! Government officials are going to events such as DEF CON, an annual hackers convention, to convince those who have the skills to use them to help protect America’s cyber system.
Government officials are also setting up cyber camps, competitions, scholarships and internships for high school and college students. They are looking for the best and brightest to fight in this digital battlefield.
- What website is the latest victim of a cyber attack?
- Why is it nearly impossible to eliminate the threat of getting hacked?
- Why is the federal government putting together a cyber army?
- What is the mission of the cyber army?
- Who is being recruited for the government’s cyber army?
- What strategies is the government using to entice young people to this cause?