Several major U.S. utilities are under “constant” cyberattack and haven’t taken precautions to protect critical systems from Iran, North Korea and other adversaries, according to a congressional survey of more than 100 companies accounting for much of the nation’s power system.
Advanced cyber attack tools have become readily available for use by foreign governments and terrorists to infiltrate or cripple U.S. computer networks, two federal law enforcement officials told a congressional panel.
Among defense contractors, QinetiQ North America is known for spy-world connections and an eye- popping product line. Its contributions to national security include secret satellites, drones, and software used by U.S. special forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Australia is committing to buying 100 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons system, as the nation released its long-term defense strategy that seeks to balance competing interests of the U.S. and China in the Asia-Pacific.