Category Cyber War

Technology And The Future Of War

David Maxwell’s Comment:  A warning we must heed (It may come down to M4 rifles, 45 cal pistols, paper maps, and compasses): If the Chinese would be unwilling to attack the US satellite system by exploding a nuclear weapon in space, they have already proven to have other means at their disposal: namely, antisatellite missiles […]

Army Needs 2 Years To Reboot War-Ready Communications Network; Seeks COTS Stopgaps

Army Needs 2 Years To Reboot Network, Seeks COTS Stopgaps By Sydney J. Freedberg, breakingdefense.com View Original November 17th, 2017 Ryan McCarthy and Gen. Mark Milley WASHINGTON: The Army needs at least two years to figure out a new, war-ready communications network to replace its current, fragile systems, the acting secretary said this week. There’s no a quick fix: […]

An Expert On Warfare Examines Centuries Of Evolving Mayhem

Excerpts: Freedman is eclectically curious not merely about the predictions of generals, spooks and nuclear strategists, but also novelists, from Arthur Conan Doyle — who in 1914 wrote a prescient potboiler about German submarines sinking British civilian ships — to a chilling 1958 novel of nuclear annihilation that became the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s film […]

Kaspersky Lab And The Intelligence Community’s ‘Dereliction Of Duty’

Kaspersky Lab Internal Investigation Reports:  NSA Worker’s Home Computer Was Already Infested With Malware; 121 Pieces Of Malware Discovered, Including a Backdoor Trojan; Reveals How NSA Hacking Tools Were Stolen   http://www.fortunascorner.com Appendix_Mokes-SmokeBot_analysis        Kelly Jackson Higgins posted an article (November 16, 2017) on the cyber security/technology website, DarkReading.com, about a newly released report/investigation [see […]

Pentagon Data Leak: Massive Trove Of Global Social Media Data Left Accidentally Online

Pentagon data leak: Massive trove of global social media data left accidentally exposed online By India Ashok, www.ibtimes.co.uk View Original November 18th, 2017 The breach raises concerns about the Pentagon’s ability to ensure that its data remains secure iStockPhoto by: iStock The Pentagon accidentally exposed classified US Department of Defense (DoD) databases containing information that the US gathered on […]

Intelligence Community ‘Cyber Malpractice:’ U.S. Flagged Russian Cyber Security Firm Kapersky Lab As A Potential Threat As Early As 2004; But, Issued No Guidance/Warnings

   As one of my readers noted: “The Kaspersky case is a poster child for USG cyber malpractice. The IC knew that Kaspersky Lab was an instrument of the Russian intelligence apparatus nearly a dozen years ago but would not advise USG agencues as well as private sector firms of the risk. How many other […]

U.S. Government Shares Technical Details On North Korean Hacking Campaign

U.S. government shares technical details on North Korean hacking campaign Reuters · by Dustin Volz · November 14, 2017 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Tuesday issued a technical alert about cyber attacks it said are sponsored by the North Korean government that have targeted the aerospace, telecommunications and financial industries since 2016. The alert, from the […]

NSA: Cyber Attacks Are Becoming More Sophisticated, Aggressive, Disruptive

  NSA: Cyber Attacks Are Becoming More Sophisticated, Aggressive, and Disruptive Foreign hackers combine malware, cyber techniques used by other adversaries An IT researchers shows on a giant screen a computer infected by a ransomware / Getty Images BY: Bill Gertz November 16, 2017 5:00 am Cyber attacks by foreign nations and criminals against both government […]

Assessment Of U.S. Cyber Command’s Elevation To Unified Combatant Command

Assessment of U.S. Cyber Command’s Elevation to Unified Combatant Command By Divergent Options, divergentoptions.org View Original November 13th, 2017 Ali Crawford is a current M.A. Candidate at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.  She studies diplomacy and intelligence with a focus on cyber policy and cyber warfare.  She tweets at @ali_craw.   Title:  Assessment of U.S. Cyber […]

How Americans Became Vulnerable To Russian Disinformation

  https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/russia-social-media-election-interference-by-kent-harrington-2017-11 How Americans Became Vulnerable to Russian Disinformation Nov 7, 2017  KENT HARRINGTONSocial media moguls’ disregard for facts may have facilitated Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. But Russia’s success in peddling bogus news via Twitter and Facebook exposed more fundamental problems: a poorly educated electorate and a news industry that has […]