Cyber Strategies for a World at War

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U.S. Interests Face Challenges in Europe, Intelligence Chief Says

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2009 – (This is the third in a series on the intelligence community’s annual threat assessment.)

Russia’s perceived strengths and its policies, tensions in Eurasia, Caucasus and Central Asia, and instability in the Balkans all pose challenges to U.S. interests in Europe, the director of national intelligence said Feb. 12.

Dennis C. Blair, a retired Navy admiral, told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that Russia continues to rebuild its military and, as events in Georgia last year show, use those forces to impress on the world that the nation is still relevant.

“Russian challenges to US interests now spring more from Moscow’s perceived strengths than from the state weaknesses characteristic of the 1990s,” Blair said in prepared testimony.

“U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and general anti-Americanism have created openings for Russia to build alternative arrangements to the US-led international political and economic institutional order,” he said.

Russia is attempting to increase its ability to influence events, he said, by “actively cultivating relations with regional powers, including China, Iran, and Venezuela.”

Blair said Russia’s energy policy is aimed at increasing the country’s importance on the European continent.

“Moscow also is trying to maintain control over energy supply and transportation networks to Europe to East Asia, and protect and further enhance its market share in Europe through new bilateral energy partnerships and organizing a gas cartel with other major exporters,” he said.

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Nato’s cyber defence warriors

By Frank Gardner
February 3, 2009
BBC

Nato officials have told the BBC their computers are under constant attack from organisations and individuals bent on trying to hack into their secrets.

The attacks keep coming despite the establishment of a co-ordinated cyber defence policy with a quick-reaction cyber team on permanent standby.

The cyber defence policy was set up after a wave of cyber attacks on Nato member Estonia in 2007, and more recent attacks on Georgia – so what are they defending against and how do they do it?

Tower of Babel

Nato’s operational headquarters in Mons is a low, drab three-storey building – part of a sprawling complex set in rolling farmland south of Brussels.

The blue and white flag of the 26-nation alliance flutters in the cold breeze alongside the spangled banner of the EU.

Inside the canteen it is like a Tower of Babel with almost every language of Europe competing to be heard above the clatter of trays and dishes.

Our escort, a German army officer in immaculate uniform, leads us down a corridor to a hushed room where 20 or so military analysts sit hunched over computers; their desert boots and camouflage fatigues strangely out of place for a windowless room in Belgium.

This, explains Chris Evis, is the Incident Management Section, which he heads.

“We face the full gamut of threats. It varies from your kiddie who’s just trying to gain street cred amongst his friends to say he’s just defaced a Nato system to more focused targeted attacks against Nato information”.

Cyber attacks are not new – websites were being hacked into and brought down during the Kosovo war 10 years ago.

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Intel director: Iran, cyber threats biggest worry

By Pamela Hess
January 16, 2009
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran producing a nuclear weapon and a cyber attack on critical government or private computer networks top the list of concerns nagging at National Intelligence Director Michael McConnell as he prepares to leave office.

McConnell told reporters in an interview Friday that U.S. intelligence agencies do not have evidence to prove Iran has decided to build a nuclear warhead, but he shares the alarm of outgoing CIA Director Michael Hayden that the possibility may come soon. He said Tehran is two to three years away from having a long-range missile that could reach Europe, and continues to produce low-enriched uranium, the raw ingredient for the fissile material needed for a warhead.

“I’m very concerned Iran will continue down a path that will result in a nuclear weapon,” he said.

He is especially worried about the effect it would have in the Middle East, either kicking off a regional arms race or a war.

McConnell said that protection of U.S. computer networks — government, military and commercial — is another major worry.

“Cyber security is the soft underbelly of this country,” he said.

His fear is less that information would be stolen off the networks by hackers or spies but that they would destroy it outright.

“It could have a debilitating effect on the country,” he said.

The federal government is still building its cyber protection plan, with the Homeland Security Department nominally in charge. But McConnell said the spy agencies, especially the National Security Agency, have to play a key role in protecting domestic computer networks. That prospect alarms privacy and civil liberty advocacy groups, who oppose giving agencies meant to spy on foreign powers access to private citizens’ data and activities on the Internet.

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Waging a war with bits and bytes

By Mayank Tewari
January 11, 2009
DNA

Did you know that India and Pakistan have been fighting a cyber war for more than ten years now? That the Western world, particularly USA and a handful of European nations, have been shouting themselves hoarse at every international forum for the last two years alleging cyber intrusions by China?

Welcome to cyber warfare, a kind of conflict where no blood is shed but networks bleed, websites are attacked and defaced, e-mail servers are compromised and spying software is planted in them.

The cyber war between India and Pakistan began more than a decade ago when India went nuclear in May 1998. Angry at India for destabilising the region, hacker groups from Pakistan hacked into the website of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). Within weeks, Indian hackers had their revenge by defacing hundreds of websites run by the Pakistani government and its affiliates. The war continues till date.

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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."
 
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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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  • Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert Discusses Global Ransomware Attack May 22, 2017
    The President's Homeland Security Advisor, Tom Bossert, briefed the press on 15 May 2017 on the WannaCry ransomware attack that began spreading 12 May and affected computers in more than 150 countries. Bossert highlighted CTIIC's role in keeping the White House informed of unfolding events and discussed US responses and public/private coordination […]
  • Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert Discusses Global Ransomware Attack May 22, 2017
    The President's Homeland Security Advisor, Tom Bossert, briefed the press on 15 May 2017 on the WannaCry ransomware attack that began spreading 12 May and affected computers in more than 150 countries. Bossert highlighted CTIIC's role in keeping the White House informed of unfolding events and discussed US responses and public/private coordination […]

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  • 2017/10/16 DARPA Software Defined Radio (SDR) Hackfest Selects Teams to Explore Cyber-Physical Intersection of SDR and Drone Technology October 16, 2017
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  • 7 ways Cyber Monday is different from Black Friday - CBS News November 23, 2017
    CBS News7 ways Cyber Monday is different from Black FridayCBS NewsCyber Monday is often written off as Black Friday's less-awesome sibling, but that's unfair. In fact, until last last year, Cyber Monday had been consistently yielding more top-shelf, Editors' Choice deals than Black Friday. So what makes Cyber Monday ...Don't believe these […]
  • The best Cyber Monday travel deals this Thanksgiving season - Washington Post November 22, 2017
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  • Digital technology a great leveller, says Modi at cyber conference - The Hindu November 23, 2017
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  • $100 to Paris: How to navigate airlines' Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales - CNBC November 22, 2017
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  • Germany's Cyber Valley aims to become leading AI hub - Financial Times November 23, 2017
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  • Finally, India is gearing up to face cyber security threats - Economic Times November 23, 2017
    Economic TimesFinally, India is gearing up to face cyber security threatsEconomic Times“The recent Wannacry and Petya ransomware attacks on Indian businesses has escalated cyber security to a boardroom priority. Most enterprises are investing in next generation firewalls with advanced threat protection capabilities for advanced malware ...and more »
  • The Best Jean Sales Happening on Black Friday and Cyber Monday - Racked November 22, 2017
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  • Cyber Monday 2017: When is it, what deals are there and everything you need to know - Derby Telegraph November 23, 2017
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  • Google’s announced its Google Play Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals November 23, 2017
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