Cyber Strategies for a World at War

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President Obama and the Cyber Threat – The Transition

A CSWW Analysis

On the historic day of the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, the world witnessed levels of security and caution never-before displayed for a presidential inauguration, and for good reason: The threats against the United States, and the threats against its new president, are very real, and very dangerous.

Just by watching the inauguration and witnessing with our own eyes the unprecedented levels of security and force that was on hand and ready for action, we understand that President Obama understands that the physical, kinetic threats to the United States are real. But what about the non-kinetic threats, the hidden and secret threats–the cyber threat? Does the United States’ new president understand that the cyber threat is just as real and just as dangerous?

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How the Web Was Won

By Keenan Mayo and Peter Newcomb July 2008
Vanity Fair

Fifty years ago, in response to the surprise Soviet launch of Sputnik, the U.S. military set up the Advanced Research Projects Agency. It would become the cradle of connectivity, spawning the era of Google and YouTube, of Amazon and Facebook, of the Drudge Report and the Obama campaign. Each breakthrough—network protocols, hypertext, the World Wide Web, the browser—inspired another as narrow-tied engineers, long-haired hackers, and other visionaries built the foundations for a world-changing technology. Keenan Mayo and Peter Newcomb let the people who made it happen tell the story.

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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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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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Hackers are always pushing the boundaries, investigating the unknown, and evolving their art. Even if you don't already know how to program, Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition will give you a complete picture of programming, machine architecture, network communications, and existing hacking techniques. Combine this knowledge with the included Linux environment, and all you need is your own creativity... [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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  • Honoring the Legendary Tony Mendez
    Blog Post: One of our most legendary Agency officers, Antonio J. “Tony” Mendez, passed away over the weekend after a brave battle with Parkinson’s disease. Perhaps best known for masterminding the daring 1980 rescue of six American diplomats from Iran, an operation made famous by the film Argo, Tony will be remembered for his patriotism, ingenuity, and lifel […]
  • A Day in the Life of a CIA Cyber Operations Officer
    Feature Story: Exploiting adversary networks – it’s what Cyber Operations Officers do every day at the CIA. Find out how these professionals use the world’s most advanced technology to protect America.
  • 50 Years of "Operation Santa Claus"
    Blog Post: Fifty years ago, we started “Operation Santa Claus” as a way for the CIA family to donate new toys to disadvantaged children during the holidays. Since our formal collaboration with the Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” program in 2000, the Agency’s toy collection has grown each year.
  • Sending Holiday Wishes Near and Far
    Blog Post: The holidays are upon us, and this time of year we reflect upon the sacrifices of Agency officers past and present, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice [link to memorial wall], and those who are serving in some of the most dangerous and inhospitable parts of the world away from loved ones.

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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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  • 2019/02/15 Five Teams of Researchers Will Help DARPA Detect Undersea Activity by Analyzing Behaviors of Marine Organisms February 15, 2019
    Goliath grouper, black sea bass, and snapping shrimp, along with bioluminescent plankton and other microorganisms, are set to be the unlikely heroes of DARPA's Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program. Five teams of researchers are developing new types of sensor systems that detect and record the behaviors of these marine organisms and interpret […]
  • 2019/02/14 Teaching AI Systems to Adapt to Dynamic Environments February 14, 2019
    Current AI systems excel at tasks defined by rigid rules – such as mastering the board games Go and chess with proficiency surpassing world-class human players. However, AI systems aren't very good at adapting to constantly changing conditions commonly faced by troops in the real world – from reacting to an adversary's surprise actions, to fluctuat […]
  • 2019/02/11 Architecting a New Breed of High Performance Computing for Virtual Training Environments February 11, 2019
    The testing, evaluation and training of future military systems will increasingly take place in virtual environments due to rising costs and system complexity as well as the limited availability of military ranges. Virtual simulators are already used to augment real-world training for modern fighter aircraft pilots, and they hold significant promise for addr […]
  • 2019/02/06 Intelligent Healing for Complex Wounds February 6, 2019
    Blast injuries, burns, and other wounds experienced by warfighters often catastrophically damage their bones, skin, and nerves, resulting in months to years of recovery for the most severe injuries and often returning imperfect results. This long and limited healing process means prolonged pain and hardship for the patient, and a drop in readiness for the mi […]
  • 2019/02/06 Defending Against Adversarial Artificial Intelligence February 6, 2019
    Today, machine learning (ML) is coming into its own, ready to serve mankind in a diverse array of applications – from highly efficient manufacturing, medicine and massive information analysis to self-driving transportation, and beyond. However, if misapplied, misused or subverted, ML holds the potential for great harm – this is the double-edged sword of mach […]

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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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Kurt Brindley is a retired U.S. Navy Senior Chief who specialized in the fields of tele-communications and C4SRI systems Upon retirement from the navy, he spent nearly a decade as a defense industry consultant. He now writes full time... [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]