US allies' lax computer security puts cyber info sharing at risk

International initiatives aimed at developing better tools and methods to prevent cyberattacks is being undermined by poor computer security among U.S. allies, a senior Pentagon official said April 10, reports The Washington Post.

Rear Adm. Samuel Cox, director of intelligence at the U.S. Cyber Command, said sharing cybersecurity information with a friendly country that operates computer systems susceptible to penetration creates opportunities for adversaries to steal the data.

“[You] don’t go against the hard target," Cox said at a conference on cybersecurity held at Georgetown University, referring to how intelligence gathering works. "You go against the weak one and work your way in there.”

Reader Comments

Tue, Apr 17, 2012 Bruno Roma

Does this mean that US allies should also not trust US systems - as they appear to be regularly breached by teenagers and Anonymous?

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