Cyber Strategies for a World at War

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Greater cooperation needed to defeat cyber enemies

By David Walsh
January 30, 2009
Defense Systems

Vice Adm. Carl Mauney, deputy commander for the U.S. Strategic Command, makes few bones about it. Given the alarming growth of advanced intrusion efforts, cyber warriors must cooperate and focus more clearly on information assurance.

Mauney was in Washington, D.C. last week addressing the Network Centric Warfare 2009 conference. Attendees included U.S. and foreign military officers, government officials and industry executives.

STRATCOM directs the operation and defense of the military’s gigantic Global Information Grid. The grid executes cyberspace operations and strives to “identify new technologies and capability gaps,” Mauney said. Information assurance is a large part of its work and is dauntingly complex as the GIG interweaves among of the combatant commands, service branches and defense agencies, he said.

Also complicating cyber sleuths’ lives is the world’s billions of eye-blink-fast interconnected computers. But keeping up is vital. “Cyberspace has become a warfighting domain like land, sea, air, space,” Mauney told attendees. “And in light of growingly astute cyber enemies, it’s in our interest to maintain freedom of action,” he said.

However, he cautioned, “It can’t be done in isolation.” There’s a “compelling need to integrate all elements of cyberspace operation and to [move] at net speed.” This is because the DOD on a daily basis faces millions of denial-of-service attacks, hacking, malware, bot-nets, viruses and other ruinous intrusions, some of which are associated with nations and nation-states, he said.

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Are We In A Tech ‘War’ With Russia?

By Rob Enderle
January 29, 2009
Dark Reading

I was reading the withering comments Vladimir Putin made to Michael Dell in response to Dell’s offer to help Russia. While Putin is the Prime Minister of Russia now, he clearly is also the guy running the country, and reading between the lines, I think it is likely he is driving a technology war with the US — and that has some rather scary implications.

I’ve already seen what appears to be a massive ramp-up of Eastern European botnets and attacks designed to do massive amounts of identity theft. The running assumption is that these are criminals and they are simply too difficult for Russia to catch. But given that Russia treats the tools that these folks use as legitimate products that are developed, protected, and can carry warranties which can be enforced has me wondering if the folks doing the attacking aren’t also government-backed.

Russian hackers are considered a global menace as it is, and if they are overtly or covertly government-backed, this would be a sort of equivalent to a tech war. The FBI has just started warning that Cybergeddon is coming and that they are unprepared for the result. And it likely will come out of Eastern Europe.

The Dell Trigger

At the recent World Economic Conference, Vladimir Putin made a presentation that clearly had an anti-West (actually more anti-US) tone to it. The first question to him was asked by Michael Dell, who after praising Russia for its technical and scientific prowess, asked: “How can we help you?”

Putin reinterpreted Dell’s remarks to mean that Dell was calling Russia weak and then went on in a rant suggesting that Dell was removing Western technology from Russian infrastructure and then concluded with what sounded like a personal attack on Dell. This attack consisted of belittling Dell’s business and stating that Russian software was superior and hardware didn’t matter. The way he said it implied that Dell was running the equivalent of a lemonade stand.

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