Tag: cyber command

SOCOM chief: Door-kickers are out, cyber operators are in

The future of U.S. special operations may no longer involve a gaggle of commandos busting through a door, according to U.S. Special Operations Command’s top general, but ‘cyber operator’ tasked with bringing their unique set of tools to bear on adversaries. Speaking to thousands of members of the defense industrial base at the 2020 Virtual […]

US charges four Chinese military hackers in 2017 Equifax breach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has charged four Chinese military hackers in the 2017 breach of the Equifax credit reporting agency that affected nearly 150 million American citizens, Attorney General William Barr said Monday. “This was one of the largest data breaches in history,” Barr said of the theft. The indictment charges four members […]

US issues alert warning of potential Iranian cyberattacks

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a National Terrorism Advisory bulletin warning of a potential cyberattack by Iran in the wake of a U.S. drone attack that killed a senior Iranian military commander. “Iran maintains a robust cyberprogram […]

An NSA cyber weapon is reportedly being used against American cities by the very adversaries it was meant to target

In less than three years after the National Security Agency found itself subject to an unprecedentedly catastrophic hacking episode, one of the agency’s most powerful cyber weapons is reportedly being turned against American cities with alarming frequency by the very foreign hackers it was once intended to counter. An explosive New York Times story published […]

US Military’s Computers Are Vulnerable To Hackers, Audit Finds

The Defense Department’s first-ever audit has revealed that the U.S. military is worth $2.7 trillion and the security for its information technology still sucks. Overall, the army of auditors that scoured the military’s books discovered between 1,500 and 2,000 “notice of findings,” or things that need be fixed, said David Norquist, the Defense Department’s comptroller. […]

Veterans Have More Cybersecurity Skills Than They Know

When seeking jobs outside the military, many veterans look for ways to translate their military training into civilian terms. Lt. Col. Timothy Stoner of the Army Reserve is an Advisory principal at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in the cybersecurity and privacy practice. According to him, cybersecurity is one area where veterans may underestimate their own skills […]

A Porn-Watching Employee Got Government Networks Infected With Russian Malware

A porn-watching employee at the U.S. Geological Survey got government networks infected with Russian malware, according to an Inspector General report, which begs the question of whether this unnamed individual was hard at work or hardly working, among others. Now that you have that terrible image in your head, let’s look at a memo written […]

DoD Wants More Hackers To (Legally) Break Into Its Websites

The Department of Defense is expanding its “Hack the Pentagon” program by awarding contracts to Silicon Valley firms BugCrowd, HackerOne, and Synack to run ongoing bug bounty contests in search of vulnerabilities. First launched as a pilot program in 2016 under Secretary Ash Carter, Hack the Pentagon allowed outside cybersecurity professionals to legally attempt to […]

US Cyber Command Is Reportedly Sliding Into The DMs Of Russian Trolls

U.S. Cyber Command is apparently sliding into the DMs of Russian trolls as they carry out information warfare. Julian Barnes of The New York Times reported Tuesday that Russian operatives were being specifically targeted and told by Cyber Command that their identities were known and that were being tracked. It wasn’t clear how exactly the […]

The Pentagon’s Travel Records Were Hacked, Possibly Affecting 30,000 Personnel

Hackers recently breached Pentagon travel records and nabbed personal information and credit card data, perhaps on as many as 30,000 military and civilian personnel, AP reported. The breach was only recently discovered but may have happened months ago. Senior Pentagon leaders were told about the breach on Oct. 4. In a statement to AP, Pentagon […]

‘We Have No Way Of Addressing This’: Ex-NSA Scientist Reacts To China Sneaking Microchips Into DoD Servers

After an explosive Bloomberg report revealed that China was surreptitiously inserting small microchips into servers that later ended up being used by the Department of Defense, CIA, and many large American companies, an ex-NSA scientist warned there was “no way of addressing this risk” from a strategic standpoint. “We can find a couple of them, […]

Hackers Stole A Reaper Drone Manual From An Air Force Captain And Tried To Sell It For $150

A South America-based hacking crew stole an export-controlled U.S. Air Force manual for the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle and tried to sell it for $150 — thanks to an unidentified Air Force captain who had the document sitting on his home network, stuck behind a default password. The document was found for sale on […]

We Need A Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign And Civil Defense Force

Our nation is in a latent war in the information sphere. Fake News, troll farms, and bots — encouraged by nation states like Russia — are undermining Western political and social edifices. This real and pervasive attack is weakening both state and international security. At the same time, the American public has not been successfully mobilized […]

The Hidden Moral Pitfalls Of Google, China, and Artificial Intelligence

Google recently announced it would be pulling out of a high profile DARPA Artificial Intelligence (AI) program called MAVEN citing ethics concerns and a petition from 4,000 of its employees. This decision came just before The Economist ran a cover story detailing the Chinese government’s brutal oppression of the Uyghur population in the Zinjang province […]

This Marine Will Be The Corps 1st Female Lt. General In 9 Years

Marine Maj. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, currently head of Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command, has been nominated to be the Corps’ first female three-star general in nearly a decade, officials announced recently. WATCH NEXT: Editor’s note, 5:30 p.m. EDT: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter as the Marine Corps’ last […]

That ‘Jade Helm’ Conspiracy Freakout Was Spurred By Russian Bots, Ex-Intel Chief Says

It feels like eons ago, but there was a time in 2015 when a bunch of liberty-loving vets and assorted imaginative thinkers believed, balls to bones, that then-President Barack Obama was preparing the U.S. military for a merciless, rights-eviscerating takeover of America’s heartland. When thousands of troops from Army Special Operations Command descended on the […]

Hey Army: Here’s A Damn Sensible Idea For The Future Of Cyber Warfare

“Establish a U.S. Army Reserve Cyber Command in Silicon Valley, where most of these private-sector companies are located, not Fort Gordon, Ga. The Reserve could potentially restructure a command already located in the area.” —Maj. Jamie Schwandt in the May issue of ARMY magazine. I am glad to see this idea being discussed. But he […]