Posts Tagged ‘Hacking’

Russian Hackers Attack US central Command Networks

December 5, 2008
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Senior military leaders took the exceptional step of briefing President Bush this week on a severe and widespread electronic attack on Defense Department computers that may have originated in Russia — an incursion that posed unusual concern among commanders and raised potential implications for national security.

Defense officials would not describe the extent of damage inflicted on military networks. But they said that the attack struck hard at networks within U.S. Central Command, the headquarters that oversees U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and affected computers in combat zones. The attack also penetrated at least one highly protected classified network.

Military computers are regularly beset by outside hackers, computer viruses and worms. But defense officials said the most recent attack involved an intrusive piece of malicious software, or “malware,” apparently designed specifically to target military networks.

“This one was significant; this one got our attention,” said one defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity when discussing internal assessments.

Read more at the LA Times

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Major Command vs. Numbered Air Force: Which is Better?

November 13, 2008
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The Air Force Cyber Command (AFCYBER) will “only” be a Numbered Air Force (NAF), not a Major Command (MAJCOM) as previously expected. Maj. Gen. William Lord, commander of 24th Air Force a.k.a. Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional), says this is a good thing. In a Shreveport Times report, Lord explained, “The numbered air force gives you something that the major command doesn’t and quite frankly that’s the direct connectivity to the combatant commander.” Lord also discussed the size and organization of AFCYBER, which will be subordinate to Air Force Space Command.

Cyber Attacks From China Show Computers Insecure, Pentagon Says

August 9, 2008

Cyber attacks originating within China have exposed vulnerabilities in U.S. military computer systems that “increase the urgency” for improvements, according to a top Pentagon official.

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, in a 70-page request sent to Congress July 11, asked to shift $1.8 billion in approved spending to other programs, including computer security, reports Tony Capaccio at Bloomberg.com.

“Recent attacks from China on Department of Defense networks and systems increase the urgency to construct cyber systems” that can’t be penetrated, England said.

England said the Pentagon must develop its own technology. Building effective, secure systems for military command-and- control and sharing sensitive information between the military services and allies are requirements that “cannot be met with current commercial products,” he said.

Analysts said England’s statement is the Pentagon’s clearest public admission that its computers have been penetrated by China.

Read the entire article at Bloomberg.com