Cyber Strategies for a World at War

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An “Horrendous Risk” In Action

Wired tech writer Mat Honan provides heart-stopping but timely insight into what Steve Wozniak’s horrendous cloud risks look like:

In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.

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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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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."
 
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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    By: ISE Bloggers  May 31, 2016   The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) has always been focused on terrorism-related information sharing; with terrorist groups’ ever-increasing level of sophistication in their use of the Internet, it is only natural that information sharing play a role in tackling issues posed by cyber terrorism.
  • Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert Discusses Global Ransomware Attack May 22, 2017
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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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  • UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack - BBC News October 16, 2017
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  • Colossus veteran salutes Bletchley Park's first cyber-security graduates - ZDNet October 16, 2017
    ZDNetColossus veteran salutes Bletchley Park's first cyber-security graduatesZDNetBletchley Park, home of the UK's war-time code-breaking efforts, has awarded CyberEPQ's to the first 60 students to complete its online cyber-security course. The CyberEPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is equivalent to the AS-level certificate ...
  • Cybersecurity Firm: North Korea Likely Behind Taiwan SWIFT Cyber Heist - Voice of America October 17, 2017
    Voice of AmericaCybersecurity Firm: North Korea Likely Behind Taiwan SWIFT Cyber HeistVoice of AmericaCybersecurity firm BAE Systems Plc said on Monday it believes the North Korean Lazarus hacking group is likely responsible for a recent cyber heist in Taiwan, the latest in a string of hacks targeting the global SWIFT messaging system. "The likely ...an […]
  • Cyber security top concern for corporate IoT deployments: BlackBerry - Economic Times October 17, 2017
    Economic TimesCyber security top concern for corporate IoT deployments: BlackBerryEconomic TimesONTARIO: Cyber security is the top concern regarding digital technologies and processes for firms globally (63 per cent) but only a few (37 per cent) actually have a formal digital transformation strategy in place when it comes to Internet of Things ...and more » […]
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  • Microsoft kept quiet on details of 2013 cyber breach: report - The Hill October 17, 2017
    The HillMicrosoft kept quiet on details of 2013 cyber breach: reportThe Hill“Bad guys with inside access to that information would literally have a 'skeleton key' for hundreds of millions of computers around the world,” Eric Rosenbach, who was U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber at the time of the breach, told ...Microsoft responde […]
  • Every modern, protected WiFi network is vulnerable, warns ... - Washington Post October 16, 2017
    Washington PostEvery modern, protected WiFi network is vulnerable, warns ...Washington PostIt's time to update your devices and the firmware of your router.and more »
  • CW500: How the NHS WannaCry cyber attack unfolded - ComputerWeekly.com October 17, 2017
    CW500: How the NHS WannaCry cyber attack unfoldedComputerWeekly.comThe information assets in health and care are such that it is a national problem, and when the national problem hits, there is no one responsible for that cyber attack,” said Taylor. “Each individual organisation is responsible for their remediation ...
  • Cyber researchers reveal serious Wi-Fi security flaw - Politico October 16, 2017
    PoliticoCyber researchers reveal serious Wi-Fi security flawPoliticoResearchers on Monday disclosed a serious security flaw in the encryption standard that protects tens of millions of consumer, business and government Wi-Fi networks — a hole they said could allow hackers to intercept sensitive traffic, tamper with ...Wifi has been hacked: Later today, cyber […]

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  • Cybersecurity firm: North Korea was likely behind cyber heist in Taiwan October 17, 2017
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, looks off into the distance. AFP TORONTO (Reuters) - Cyber-security firm BAE Systems Plc said on Monday it believes the North Korean Lazarus hacking group is likely responsible for a recent cyber heist in Taiwan ...
  • North Korea likely behind Taiwan SWIFT cyber heist: BAE October 16, 2017
    TORONTO (Reuters) - Cyber-security firm BAE Systems Plc said on Monday it believes the North Korean Lazarus hacking group is likely responsible for a recent cyber heist in Taiwan, the latest in a string of hacks targeting the global SWIFT messaging system.
  • Every modern, protected WiFi network is vulnerable, warns government cyber watchdog October 16, 2017
    A top federal government cybersecurity watchdog issued an advisory on Monday, warning users to update their devices to protect against a newly discovered vulnerability that affects nearly every modern, protected WiFi network. The U.S. Computer Emergency ...
  • Microsoft kept quiet on details of 2013 cyber breach: report October 17, 2017
    Microsoft did not publicly disclose the extent of the breach when it discovered the hack in 2013. The stolen database reportedly included descriptions of important vulnerabilities that had not yet been fixed. The former employees say that Microsoft say ...
  • Colossus veteran salutes Bletchley Park's first cyber-security graduates October 16, 2017
    Aaron Revell (17) receiving his EPQ certificate from former war-time code-breaker Irene Dixon at TNMOC, Bletchley Park. Photo by John Robertson. Bletchley Park, home of the UK's war-time code-breaking efforts, has awarded CyberEPQ's to the first 60 ...
  • UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack October 16, 2017
    North Korean hackers targeted a British television company making a drama about the country, it has emerged. The series - due to be written by an Oscar-nominated screenwriter - has been shelved. In August 2014, Channel 4 announced what it said would be a ...
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  • Facebook to train thousands of schoolchildren on cyber bullying October 16, 2017
    Facebook says tens of thousands of children in secondary schools could be taught to counter cyber bullying by the social network. The US internet giant has announced a £1 million package that it said would be enough for every secondary school in the UK ...
  • Cyber Security: The Threat and the Measures to Take October 17, 2017
    Robert Bailey: The threat of cyber-crime is incredibly serious—more dangerous and more commonplace than ever before, as unwitting citizens on public and private networks are targeted daily by a host of cyber criminals. According to NAR’s Associate ...
  • Cyber cold war is just getting started, claims Hillary Clinton October 15, 2017
    Clinton, promoting memoir addressing her 2016 US election defeat, tells UK audiences that the Kremlin is ‘hacking our unity’ by waging information war Hillary Clinton at the London literary festival, speaking about her recently published memoir ...

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In this New York Times bestselling investigation, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared... [MORE]


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As cyber-attacks dominate front-page news, as hackers join terrorists on the list of global threats, and as top generals warn of a coming cyber war, few books are more timely and enlightening than Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, by Slate columnist and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Fred Kaplan... [MORE]


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Now in development for film by 20th Century Fox, award-winning CyberStorm depicts, in realistic and sometimes terrifying detail, what a full scale cyber attack against present-day New York City might look like from the perspective of one family trying to survive it... [MORE]