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In mid-July it was announced that the Pentagon considers cyberspace an operational theater. Now, experts at security firm McAfee have detailed a five-year-long series of cyber attacks they have dubbed "Operation Shady RAT," in a paper released Wednesday. In this case, RAT isn't about a rodent. RAT is a common acronym in the industry which stands for Remote Access Tool, software that is used by hackers and security experts to access computer networks remotely. The report listed 72 targets, covering companies and organizations in 14 countries. Many more targets, McAfee said, were present in the logs,... Read more...
It's not as though the Pentagon has militarized cyberspace in the mode you might think of in some sort of anime like "Ghost in the Shell," but they are going to look at cyberspace differently. On Thursday, the Pentagon announced it would begin treating cyberspace as an operational domain, like land, sea, and air. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn III outlined the new strategy in a speech at the National Defense University. At the same time, he spotlighted the importance of cyberdefense with an example that is most telling: in March alone, 24,000 files at a defense contractor were accessed.... Read more...
Like something straight out of a Hollywood action movie, foreign spies managed to swipe sensitive information from the Pentagon by plugging a dirty flash drive into a U.S. military laptop, according to reports. This actually happened some two years ago, but is just now coming to light now that it's been de-classified by Uncle Sam. "It was a network administrator's worst fear: a rogue program operating silently, poised to deliver operational plans into the hands of an unknown adversary," Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn wrote in an article for Foreign Affairs. "This ... was the most significant... Read more...
As it turns out, Swine Flu just might be the least of our worries on a national scale; according to a top official within the US government, cyber espionage and attacks from terror groups are the biggest threats to the country's military computer networks. We've seen time and time again that attacks on our network infrastructure can bring down entire branches or departments and paralyze security personnel, so we suppose the news isn't all that surprising. Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, who heads U.S. Strategic Command, admitted that he worries that foes will "learn to disable or distort battlefield... Read more...
Google's Street View has been at the center of privacy concerns, so this is just the latest story in that chain ... but why would guards let them onto a base in the first place?A person familiar with the matter at Fort Sam Houston said a base official twice granted Google access, but only after he was assured that Google would not videotape or photograph the historic base, which serves as a medical-training and support post. The official had believed an online map would be useful to guide visitors. "Unfortunately, Google didn't follow the rules," said the person, who requested anonymity because... Read more...
Solar arrays in space, delivering power to the Earth.  Something seen frequently in science fiction movies and books.  It's always been seen as financially unviable, but if someone with really deep pockets like the military were interested ...A new Pentagon study lays out the roadmap for a multibillion-dollar push to the final frontier of energy: a satellite system that collects gigawatts’ worth of solar power and beams it down to Earth.The military itself could become the “anchor tenant” for such a power source, due to the current high cost of fueling combat operations abroad, the study... Read more...