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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 22, 2013 / 12 Adar, 5773

The start of World War III? Why China's cyber hacking is frightening to the United States

By Ann McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This is how World War III is likely to start: with cyberwarfare.

The Chinese -- government, military, commercial companies, random hackers, take your pick -- have been hacking into the computers of our aerospace companies, financial institutions, media companies and businesses for a decade. Thousands of secrets have been stolen.

But hacking is now so perniciously widespread that the United States is seriously worried. The White House says our economic well-being and our security are threatened. Theft of U.S. secrets is now more damaging than any military action China could take against us.

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who ran the CIA and was a former White House chief of staff, said the other day: "It is very possible the next Pearl Harbor will be a cyberattack...(which) would have a hell of an impact on the United States."

At risk are our defense secrets, our energy grid, our infrastructure and countless business secrets. An estimated 115 U.S. companies have been hacked in the last six years, losing information and innovative ideas to theft and potentially greatly lessening their competitiveness.

Companies used to deny being hacked or try to hide it; more recently, they are angrily coming forth to denounce it. General Motors, DuPont, Coca-Cola, American Superconductor, Google, RSA Security, Lockheed Martin and Nortel Networks are just a few of the companies that have gone public. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times also have been hacked.

Attorney General Eric Holder says there are only two categories of companies affected "by trade-secret theft -- those that know they've been compromised and those that don't know it yet."

While China is a bad offender, other nations hack, too, most notably Russia. The United States also hacks, although our interests lie more in trying to figure out what shenanigans such countries as Iran are plotting.

President Barack Obama is threatening China and other hacker nations with diplomatic and trade restrictions if the hacking doesn't stop. China piously notes that hacking is against its laws and denies doing it. But even though optimism about stopping the practice is muted in Washington, the Chinese place such high stock in diplomatic protocol that if they are given less attention in diplomatic channels, it might have an impact. Likewise, they depend on trade.

Our current relations with China are not good. The trade imbalance in China's favor, its theft of U.S. intellectual property such as Hollywood movies, China's disagreement with Japan over disputed territory, our frustration with China's broken promises -- all have contributed to tension.

In addition to threats of punishment to China and its commercial entities that cyberspy on American companies, the U.S. government is undertaking a major effort to educate U.S. companies about cyberattacks, how to protect themselves and how to fight back. The CIA, for example, will provide more information on cyberspying to U.S. companies.

But Chinese hackers are not just targeting global companies and U.S. military secrets. They have gleaned valuable information from the computers of human rights organizations, federal agencies, law firms, think tanks and congressional offices. The Washington Post talked to security experts who said this has given China an excellent idea of how top officials network and how Washington works, probably a far better idea than most Americans have. (Yes, yes, we know Washington is broken, but at least China knows exactly how.)

It's a scary new world out there. Apparently, the Chinese have been watching some of those thriller movies they regularly steal from us and putting techniques that once seemed farfetched into practice. So much easier than recruiting human spies, letting them take years to infiltrate companies and then assuming the risk they will get caught.

We need bright young whiz kids to win those $3 million "Breakthrough Prizes" for innovation that Google and Facebook founders have set up and fix this. Meanwhile, the World War II cautionary slogan "loose lips sink ships" has become "sneaky clicks are worse than sticks."

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Previously:


02/01/13: Buy American and rebuild an economy
01/18/13: There should be a (nother) law: No super-whoopee inaugurations for second-term presidents
11/29/12: Congress hates us
11/16/12: A holiday gift guide for our politicians
08/10/12: Rise in independent voters imperils moderates
07/23/12: Looking forward to the presidential debates
07/13/12: A do-nothing Congress exacts high costs
06/25/12: Take a vacation: It's your duty
06/19/12: Dems: 'Do something'
04/30/12: Will Mitt Romney finally let a hair down?
04/23/12: Warning: Nasty presidential race ahead
04/02/12: We need to talk about aging
03/26/12: A Clinton-Bush matchup in 2016?
03/19/12: Autumn presidential debate topics lining up nicely
03/12/12: Unpacking presidential campaign myths
03/05/12: Time for Romney's vision, not goofiness, gaffes
01/13/12: Romney makes life difficult with many flubs
11/24/11: Obama has most to fear from Huntsman
10/04/11: Romney looks like ‘The One’
09/28/11: At last some good news on energy
09/21/11: Time to make pols squirm
08/29/11: America still shows the power of the individual
08/17/11: Like us, Lady Liberty in disrepair, but still strong




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