crymeph0 writes: Senior CIA analyst Tom Donahue told attendees of a trade conference that Hackers caused power outages in multiple cities after demanding extortion money. The CIA isn't releasing much specific information. "The information that could be shared in a public setting was shared", said a spokesman. All the known break-ins occurred outside the United States, but a recent test conducted by DHS exposed a security vulnerability in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems which would allow a remote intruder to physically destroy generators. The vulnerability was subsequently fixed, according to the article. Link to Original Source
crymeph0 writes: Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell asserted that the "Protect America Act", which frees the intelligence community from pesky things like judicial oversight while they eavesdrop on international conversations, was used to good effect in exposing the recently foiled terrorist plot to bomb U.S. military facilities in Germany. Not so, according to other, anonymous, intelligence community officials. McConnell was forced to admit his errors in a phone call to Sen. Joe Lieberman. Turns out the military got wise to the bad guys months before the law was passed, simply due to alert military guards noticing odd behavior by some passers-by, a.k.a. good old fashioned police work!