May 23, 2012 The CIA took considerable heat over Iraq, where no weapons of mass destruction were found. Now, as the agency assesses Iran and its nuclear program, it invites an NPR correspondent to its headquarters for a rare chat about its analysis of Iran and Iraq intelligence.
May 23, 2012 The United States has stopped buying Iranian oil, and the European Union is set to do so at the end of next month. There are sanctions on Iran's central bank and punishments for companies that help Iran ship its oil. Experts says Iran's oil exports are now in serious jeopardy.
May 10, 2012 It's boom time for cybersecurity companies that specialize in going after Chinese hackers. The top competitors in the sector have been taking a nontraditional approach. Instead of focusing on protecting clients from malware, these firms are learning more about the attackers — and going after them.
May 9, 2012 For the top brass of companies such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard, talk of cyberweapons and cyberwar could be abstract. But at a classified security briefing in spring 2010, it suddenly became quite real. "We can turn your computer into a brick," government officials reportedly told the startled executives.
May 8, 2012 With a raft of cybersecurity proposals under consideration in Congress, the U.S. business community is making increasingly clear that it opposes new regulations that would require private companies to adhere to minimum performance standards or report all cyber intrusions they experience to the government.
April 26, 2012 The prospect of losing may well discourage Iran from launching a direct cyberattack on the United States. But having a cyber arsenal for deterrent purposes would not necessarily preclude Iran from sharing those weapons with groups less hesitant to use them, security experts say.
March 30, 2012 The mysterious hacking group known as "Anonymous" is threatening to take down the Internet on Saturday. Cybersecurity experts are highly skeptical that Anonymous can deliver on this threat, but they also say the group is ambitious and demonstrating ever more impressive technical capability.
March 22, 2012 The prospect of a paralyzing cyberattack has convinced U.S. security officials and lawmakers that a new law may be needed to promote improved cyberdefenses at critical facilities. Progress on that legislation, however, has been slowed by a debate over whether new cybersecurity measures should be mandated or merely encouraged.
March 8, 2012 In some respects, the Republican presidential candidates' proposals aren't that far off from what the Obama administration is already doing. Still, there are some key differences: how much emphasis to place on talks; how closely to align U.S. views with Israel's; and how to signal that military options remain on the table.