No one is safe against hacking. However, users and organizations based in certain countries appear to be more vulnerable to cyberattacks than others, as is the case with the United States. It appears that the U.S. is the nation which is most vulnerable in the entire world, according to Rob Knake, a former director for cybersecurity policy at the Obama administration.
The United States – Politically and Technically the Most Susceptible in the World?
In his own words, the U.S. is the best in the world on the offense and is also politically and technically the most susceptible in the world to cyberattacks. The country is also uniquely susceptible to foreign penetration.
“We are going to be less reactive to incoming cyberattacks because we have more to lose and we’re in a democratic society that is going to force government to take certain responses,” Knake recently said during an event at the Council on Foreign Relations, adding that the same is “not for true of China, Russia, Iran or North Korea“.
As noted by the Fifth Domain, the majority of his comments were not surprising at all Knane did reveal some unpopular details about Obama administration’s cyber policy which has been criticized for not being more aggressive to foreign intrusions. The former director also talked about the White House’s response to Iranian cyberattacks on American banks between 2011 and 2013. It appears that the U.S. was tempted to strike back against the Iranians but the White House decided to postpone such actions for two particular reasons.
Apparently, there was an ongoing secret dialogue with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear capacity, and second, there was a decision not to “legitimize” the Iranian hacking. Instead (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from How to, Technology and PC Security Forum authored by Milena Dimitrova. Read the original post at: https://sensorstechforum.com/us-most-susceptible-cyberattacks/