Cyber Strategies for a World at War

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From the streets to The Street — TechCrunch

The past several months have brought a string of terror attacks and violent incidents, which not only claim lives but cause worldwide feelings of fear and vulnerability. It seems that groups of terrorists like ISIS can strike when and where they want. As the authorities ramp up surveillance, such attackers simply adapt and change their tactics. They have learned to be patient and to leave few traces.

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Cyber review underway

The White House Blog
March 2, 2009

John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, passed along this update about the ongoing review of our nation’s communications and information infrastructure.

In response to President Obama’s direction, the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council are presently conducting a 60-day review of the plans, programs, and activities underway throughout the government that address our communications and information infrastructure (i.e., cyberspace). The purpose of the review is to develop a strategic framework to ensure that our initiatives in this area are appropriately integrated, resourced and coordinated both within the Executive Branch and with Congress and the private sector.

Our nation’s security and economic prosperity depend on the security, stability, and integrity of communications and information infrastructure that are largely privately-owned and globally-operated. Safeguarding these important interests will require balanced decision making that integrates and harmonizes our national and economic security objectives with enduring respect for the rule of law. Guided by this principle, the review will build upon existing policies and structures to formulate a new vision for a national public-private partnership and an action plan to: enhance economic prosperity and facilitate market leadership for the U.S. information and communications industry; deter, prevent, detect, defend against, respond to, and remediate disruptions and damage to U.S. communications and information infrastructure; ensure U.S. capabilities to operate in cyberspace in support of national goals; and safeguard the privacy rights and civil liberties of our citizens.

The review will be completed by the end of April 2009. At that time, the review team will present its recommendations to the President regarding an optimal White House organizational construct to address issues related to U.S. and global information and communications infrastructure and capabilities. The recommendations also will include an action plan on identifying and prioritizing further work in this area.

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Cyber security tops 2009 agenda for Lockheed and the public sector

By JD Kathuria
January 13th, 2009
ExecutiveBiz Blog

Top defense company Lockheed Martin is taking aim to capture a market share in what is projected to be an $11 billion market for cyber security in the next four years. In 2009 cyber security is expected to be at the top of the agenda for the federal government and major defense companies. By reorganizing existing capabilities in information security assurance Lockheed Martin continues to remain one step ahead of hackers and intruders in order to best serve its government clients.

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New Way of War

Cyber Attacks Likely in Any Military Conflict: Reports
By william matthews
Published: 26 October 2008
DefenseNews

Cyber attacks like those that accompanied the Russian invasion of Georgia in August are likely to accompany almost any traditional military action in the future, security experts warn in a report on cyber threats published by Georgia Tech University, based in Atlanta.

And even in the absence of overt military action, the United States is expected to be the target. Cyber attacks will “play a more shadowy role in attempts by antagonist nations to subvert the U.S. economy and infrastructure,” the Georgia Tech Information Security Center warns in its “Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2009.”

Meanwhile, a team of investigators probing cyber attacks on the Caucasian country of Georgia concluded that “nationalistic hackers” in Russia carried out the attacks. Despite suspicion that the Russian government was involved in the attacks, the team reported that so far, it has been unable to link the hackers’ activity directly to the Russian military or other government agencies.

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A World at War

The world is transforming right before our eyes. Yet, perhaps calling what is happening a transformation is an understatement. A more accurate description may be that the world is undergoing a massive reality shift. Markets are collapsing as tempers rise and then erupt into fevered protests. Ice caps are melting as economies freeze up. The Middle East more and more is becoming the center of everyone’s violent attention. And there is so much more, so many shifts in reality happening all at once that we are barely even noticing, or perhaps we are neglecting to notice, the biggest shift in reality of them all: that a truly global and deadly war has begun.

We are aware, of course, of the many wars and conflicts that are forever being covered in the news: the longstanding war on terror, we see the isolated conflicts and flare ups in places like Africa and South America, the infinite destruction between Israel and Palestine, and we have accepted the fact that some day some where a weapon of mass destruction will be unleashed on an unsuspecting and unprepared population; however, we so not seem to be completely aware of the total global war that is being fought relentlessly on the cyber battle fields that are all converging on the Internet.

The world is truly at war and it is the mission of this site to focus as much attention as possible on the reality and on the of consequences of this war.

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"The nature of conflict is changing. The risk of conflict will increase due to diverging interests among major powers, an expanding terror threat, continued instability in weak states, and the spread of lethal, disruptive technologies. Disrupting societies will become more common, with long-range precision weapons, cyber, and robotic systems to target infrastructure from afar, and more accessible technology to create weapons of mass destruction."
 
Global Trends and Key Implications Through 2035 from the National Intelligence Council Quadrennial Report GLOBAL TRENDS: The Paradox of Power

A World at War

The World is at War. It is a world war that is being fought right now, in real time, virtually everywhere on the planet. It is a world war that is, perhaps, more encompassing and global in nature than any other world war in history because, not only is it being fought by nations and their governments, it is also being fought by non-state actors such as terrorists, organized crime, unorganized crime, and many other known and unknown entities. It is a total world war being fought every day on the hidden and dark battle fields of the cyber domain. It is a war that, according to some intelligence estimates, has the potential to be as nearly as serious and as deadly as a nuclear war... [MORE]

 


 


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Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Against All Enemies, former presidential advisor and counter-terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke sounds a timely and chilling warning about America’s vulnerability in a terrifying new international conflict—Cyber War! Every concerned American should read this startling and explosive book that offers an insider’s view of White House ‘Situation Room’ operations and carries the reader to the frontlines of our cyber defense. Cyber War exposes a virulent threat to our nation’s security. This is no X-Files fantasy or conspiracy theory madness—this is real... [MORE]

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Web applications are the front door to most organizations, exposing them to attacks that may disclose personal information, execute fraudulent transactions, or compromise ordinary users. This practical book has been completely updated and revised to discuss the latest step-by-step techniques for attacking and defending the range of ever-evolving web applications... [MORE]

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“When it comes to what government and business are doing together and separately with personal data scooped up from the ether, Mr. Schneier is as knowledgeable as it gets…. Mr. Schneier’s use of concrete examples of bad behavior with data will make even skeptics queasy and potentially push the already paranoid over the edge.” (Jonathan A. Knee - New York Times)... [MORE]

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The Blue Team Handbook is a zero fluff reference guide for cyber security incident responders and InfoSec pros alike. The BTHb includes essential information in a condensed handbook format about the incident response process, how attackers work, common tools, a methodology for network analysis developed over 12 years, Windows and Linux analysis processes, tcpdump usage examples, Snort IDS usage, and numerous other topics... [MORE]

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  • 2017/12/14 DARPA’s Software Defined Radio (SDR) Hackfest Creates Solutions for Spectrum Challenges December 14, 2017
    The DARPA Bay Area Software Defined Radio (SDR) Hackfest came to a close on Friday, November 17 at the NASA Ames Conference Center in Moffett Field, CA. During the weeklong event, over 150 members of the SDR community came together to discuss, innovate, and ideate around the future of software radio technology and its potential to address challenging communi […]
  • 2017/12/06 Ocean of Things Aims to Expand Maritime Awareness across Open Seas December 6, 2017
    The internet of things connects an ever-growing number of smart devices for up-to-the-minute monitoring and tracking of many common events. Head out to most parts of the open ocean, however, and no such capability exists for real-time monitoring of maritime activity.
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    Subterranean warfare-whether involving human-made tunnels, underground urban infrastructure, or natural cave networks-has been an element of U.S. military operations from World War II and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. As above-ground commercial and military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities continue to grow more capable and […]
  • 2017/11/17 Nature’s Silent Sentinels Could Help Detect Security Threats November 17, 2017
    Few military requirements are as enduring as the need for timely, accurate information. To meet this demand, the Department of Defense invests heavily in the development of powerful electronic and mechanical sensors, and in the manpower to maintain and operate those sensors. DARPA has been involved on the research side of the equation since the Agency's […]
  • 2017/11/15 Developing “ABCs” for Exploiting New Phenomena in Light-Matter Interactions November 15, 2017
    A unique class of engineered light-manipulating materials, known as metamaterials or structured materials, makes use of patterns of strongly interacting wavelength or sub-wavelength-sized elements. Because of these intricate internal and surface structures, new properties have emerged, some exhibiting behavior that has resulted in rewriting long-understood […]

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    Washington PostHow the Pentagon's cyber offensive against ISIS could shape the ...Washington PostThe U.S. military has conducted cyber attacks against the Islamic State for more than a year, and its record of success when those attacks are coordinated with elite Special Operations troops is such that the Pentagon is likely carry out similar ...and more  […]
  • Senators to introduce bipartisan bill to prevent foreign cyber ... - CBS News December 16, 2017
    CBS NewsSenators to introduce bipartisan bill to prevent foreign cyber ...CBS NewsLast Updated Dec 16, 2017 3:47 PM EST. A bipartisan group of senators are introducing a bill early next week to improve and streamline information about cyber threats between state and federal entities, in the wake of Russia's believed interference ...and more »
  • Digital economy risks being derailed by next generation cyber threats - The Straits Times December 17, 2017
    The Straits TimesDigital economy risks being derailed by next generation cyber threatsThe Straits TimesCyber security was a key area of interest in the past year with the increased frequency of cyber breaches and onslaught of ransomware attacks against governments, corporations and consumers worldwide. In the last 12 months, cyber criminals have ...
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  • 'In Pakistan, banking sector most vulnerable to cyber attacks' - The News International December 18, 2017
    The News International'In Pakistan, banking sector most vulnerable to cyber attacks'The News InternationalToday, everything on the internet is hackable. In this context, the most vulnerable sector in Pakistan, where data security against fraud attempts is as fragile as a cobweb, is banking, a moot on cyber security was told. Pakistan, which stands […]
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    The SunPorn legend Keiran Lee attacks cyber bullies after three adult star deaths in five weeksThe SunPorn legend Keiran Lee attacks cyber bullies after three adult star deaths in five weeks. Derby-born porn star Keiran Lee has said that attitudes towards adult performers needs to change. Exclusive. By Neal Baker and Amanda Devlin. 17th December 2017 ...Sex […]
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    The Cipher BriefIran's “Kitten” Cyber Hackers Poised to Strike If Trump Shreds Nuke DealThe Cipher BriefTehran poses an increasing cyber threat to the U.S., in light of the Trump administration's allegations that Iran is violating United Nations Security Council resolutions tied to the nuclear agreement. Iran-sponsored hackers—dismissively referred […]
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  • Kremlin's new cyber weapons spark fears and fantasies - Times LIVE December 18, 2017
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  • Suspected North Korean cyber group seeks to woo bitcoin job seekers - Reuters December 15, 2017
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