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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Global Trends

"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 […]
  • DS&T AND OUSD(I) Launch “Xpress” Automated Analysis Challenge May 16, 2017
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  • Standards, Guides and Best Practices April 13, 2017
    Structured, standards-driven approaches to technology and enterprise data management are the foundation for responsible information sharing that protects privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. Standards provide a common lexicon to enable information exchanges.   The ISE Common Information Sharing Standards (CISS) program provides standards for technolog […]

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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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    DARPA's Strategic Technology Office (STO) is hosting a "Sync with STO" event on August 2 - 3, 2017, designed to familiarize attendees with STO's mission, problem spaces, program managers (PMs), and technology interests. The event aims to facilitate technical discussion between STO PMs and attendees that explore innovative and revolutionar […]
  • 2017/06/15 Transforming How Troops Fight in Coastal Urban Environments June 15, 2017
    As nation-state and non-state adversaries adapt and apply commercially available state-of-the-art technology in urban conflict, expeditionary U.S. forces face a shrinking operational advantage. To address this challenge, a new DARPA program is aiming to create powerful, digital tools for exploring novel expeditionary urban operations concepts-with a special […]
  • 2017/06/02 New ways of representing information could transform digital technology June 2, 2017
    Many people who use computers and other digital devices are aware that all the words and images displayed on their monitors boil down to a sequence of ones and zeros. But few likely appreciate what is behind those ones and zeros: microscopic arrays of "magnetic moments" (imagine tiny bar magnets with positive and negative poles). When aligned in pa […]
  • 2017/06/02 Extracting Insight from the Data Deluge Is a Hard-to-Do Must-Do June 2, 2017
    A mantra of these data-rife times is that within the vast and growing volumes of diverse data types, such as sensor feeds, economic indicators, and scientific and environmental measurements, are dots of significance that can tell important stories, if only those dots could be identified and connected in authentically meaningful ways. Getting good at that exe […]
  • 2017/06/01 Beyond Scaling: An Electronics Resurgence Initiative June 1, 2017
    The Department of Defense's proposed FY 2018 budget includes a $75 million allocation for DARPA in support of a new, public-private "electronics resurgence" initiative. The initiative seeks to undergird a new era of electronics in which advances in performance will be catalyzed not just by continued component miniaturization but also by radica […]

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  • Cyber-attack on UK parliament: Russia is suspected culprit - The Guardian June 25, 2017
    The GuardianCyber-attack on UK parliament: Russia is suspected culpritThe GuardianThe Russian government is suspected of being behind a cyber-attack on parliament that breached dozens of email accounts belonging to MPs and peers. Although the investigation is at an early stage and the identity of those responsible may prove ...Parliament cyber-attack 'h […]
  • UK electricity grid cyber-attack risk is 'off the scale' - The Guardian June 25, 2017
    The GuardianUK electricity grid cyber-attack risk is 'off the scale'The GuardianConcerns over the threat posed by cyber-attacks on power stations and electricity grids is “off the scale” in the UK energy sector, according to a leading industry figure. No other country in the world has an energy industry as worried about the risk ...Cyber attack rai […]
  • Why Are IBM and Cisco Sharing Cyber Security Secrets With Russia? - Newsweek June 25, 2017
    NewsweekWhy Are IBM and Cisco Sharing Cyber Security Secrets With Russia?NewsweekWestern technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyber attacks on the West, a Reuters ...Under pressure, Western tec […]
  • Cyber attacks on Parliament and the NHS show criminals and dictators are teaming up - but we can fight back - Telegraph.co.uk June 25, 2017
    Telegraph.co.ukCyber attacks on Parliament and the NHS show criminals and dictators are teaming up - but we can fight backTelegraph.co.ukWhether it is protection from cyber attacks or terrorism, industry is now likely to have better data and better technology for the job than nation states. The democratisation of technology, including strong encryption, has […]
  • Delaware man with history of cyber theft under FBI scrutiny - The News Journal June 25, 2017
    Delaware man with history of cyber theft under FBI scrutinyThe News JournalA Delaware hacker, connected to high-profile, multimillion-dollar cyber thefts during the past decade, is a target of the FBI — evidenced by federal agents' recent seizure of a new BMW coupe and nearly $40,000 in cash from his Wilmington-area home.
  • Recent cyber bullying verdict spurs parents, teachers to talk to kids - Milford Daily News June 25, 2017
    EngadgetRecent cyber bullying verdict spurs parents, teachers to talk to kidsMilford Daily NewsIf you have a teenager - or you are a teenager - you know bullying isn't what it used to be. It doesn't just happen at school. It happens online, all the time, via texts and social media apps, where one person's unkindness to another is broadcast to […]
  • Russian Cyber Strength Pushes EU Into The Modern Era - OilPrice.com June 25, 2017
    Russian Cyber Strength Pushes EU Into The Modern EraOilPrice.comOver the past year, the most powerful European Union member state, Germany, has created a foundation for the creation of “cyber troops” under the umbrella of the Bundeswehr. It is expected to be composed of 13,500 military and civilian personnel and ...
  • Airways worried about the cyber attack threat - New Zealand Herald June 25, 2017
    Airways worried about the cyber attack threatNew Zealand HeraldAirways is worried about the threat of a cyber attack on the air traffic control system and is searching around the world for ways to prevent it. As the state owned enterprise moves towards more automated towers, its chief technology officer is ...
  • National Identification System — the cyber security aspect - Jamaica Observer June 25, 2017
    Jamaica ObserverNational Identification System — the cyber security aspectJamaica ObserverThese are all important aspects, but let us not forget the cyber security side of things. how about unauthorised people accessing and modifying the data by means of hacking? Such an event can be seen as a major breach of the integrity of the data that ...and more »
  • 5 Lesser-Known Ways Cyber Attacks Can Destroy Your Business - Business 2 Community June 25, 2017
    Business 2 Community5 Lesser-Known Ways Cyber Attacks Can Destroy Your BusinessBusiness 2 CommunityAccording to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017, 46% of all UK businesses with over 99 employees saw at least one cyber attack during the last 12 months. The number rises to 72% when it comes to US firms, according to Hiscox Cyber Readiness ...

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RSS Cyber War News (Bing)

  • UK electricity grid cyber-attack risk is 'off the scale' June 25, 2017
    Concerns over the threat posed by cyber-attacks on power stations and electricity grids is “off the scale” in the UK energy sector, according to a leading industry figure. No other country in the world has an energy industry as worried about the risk ...
  • Parliament cyber-attack 'hit up to 90 users' June 25, 2017
    Up to 90 email accounts were compromised during the cyber-attack on Parliament on Friday. Fewer than 1% of the 9,000 users of the IT system were impacted by the hacking, said a parliamentary spokesman. The hack prompted officials to disable remote access ...
  • Parliament cyber attack: Up to 90 email accounts hacked amid blackmail fears June 25, 2017
    Grenfell: Count rises as 60 high-rises fail fire safety tests Up to 90 parliamentary email accounts were compromised during the cyber attack on Westminster, officials have said. Saturday’s incident gave rise to blackmail fears after hackers tried to ...
  • Report: Obama authorized a secret cyber operation against Russia June 25, 2017
    President Barack Obama learned of Russia's attempts to hack US election systems in early August 2016, and as intelligence mounted over the following months, the White House deployed secrecy protocols it hadn't used since the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's ...
  • UK Parliament is investigating after being hit by a cyber security attack June 25, 2017
    UK Parliament has been hit by a cyber security attack, with hackers reportedly attempting to identify weak passwords in users' accounts. The attack seems to have targeted email accounts in particular, with MPs revealing they had been unable to access their ...
  • British lawmakers hit by 'sustained' cyber attack June 24, 2017
    LONDON Britain's parliament was hit by a "sustained and determined" cyber attack on Saturday designed to identify weak email passwords, just over a month after a ransomware worm crippled parts of the country's health service. The House of Commons said it ...
  • Report: Obama ordered cyber 'implants' for Russian network in response to hacking June 23, 2017
    President Obama secretly planned to retaliate against the Russians by planting "cyber weapons." Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) explains. Buzz60 President Obama, angered by Russian hacking during the 2016 elections, authorized a covert cyber ...
  • Report: British parliament hit by cyber security attack June 24, 2017
    The Houses of Parliament are framed by an archway, in central London. Thomson Reuters LONDON (Reuters) - The British parliament has been hit by a cyber attack that is preventing lawmakers from accessing their emails when not in Westminster, politicians and ...
  • Cyber Attack At Honda Stops Production After WannaCry Worm Strikes June 23, 2017
    The WannaCry worm is still alive. Honda said this week that it was forced to halt production for one day at its Sayama plant near Tokyo after finding the WannaCry ransomware in its computer network. This virus is the same one that infected over one million ...
  • Cisco tackling human element of security with cyber training course (ZDNet) June 22, 2017
    With one of the most commonly cited threats to an enterprise being the human element, the Australian arm of Cisco is investing in cyber-focused courses to bring people up to date with the role they can play in preventing an attack. Speaking with ZDNet ...

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