Cybercriminals breaching US military and private sector networks are leaving "cyber fingerprints" in an effort to not only warn that systems are vulnerable - but sometimes taunt IT officials. The US must improve cybersecurity defenses due to "threats and vulnerabilities" that are "changing and expanding at an accelerated and alarming pace."
US military officials want to see increased funds to improve current security efforts, along with preparing for future threats.
"Private security researchers over the last year have reported on numerous malware finds in the industrial control systems of energy sector organizations," said Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the Pentagon US Cyber Command. "We believe potential adversaries might be leaving cyber fingerprints on our critical infrastructure partly to convey a message that our homeland is at risk if tensions ever escalate toward military conflict."
The US government has focused a large amount on its own cyberattack - and cyberespionage - capabilities, but has lacked focus in improving defenses. However, as more nations increase their ability to launch cyberattacks, there is a desperate scramble to make changes.