Archive for July 2011

Pentagon unveils its cyberspace strategy

The Pentagon has released its cyberspace strategy, which recognizes cyberspace as “an operational domain to organize, train, and equip.”

“It is the first DoD (Department of Defense) unified strategy for cyberspace and officially encapsulates a new way forward for DoD’s military, intelligence and business operations,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

“This allows DoD to organize, train, and equip for cyberspace as we do in air, land, maritime, and space to support national security interests,”

The document characterizes active defense as the Pentagon’s “synchronized, real-time capability to discover, detect, analyze, and mitigate threats and vulnerabilities.”

The Pentagon will be introducing new security mechanisms on its networks, including sensors, software, and signatures to detect and guard against malicious code.

This document will resonate worldwide, as privacy advocates grapple with the DOD’s militarization of cyberspace and dominance in what is considered a new battle zone.

Check it out. The link to the document is here: http://www.defense.gov/news/d20110714cyber.pdf

The world’s first real cyber-weapon

In June of 2009, someone silently unleashed a sophisticated and destructive digital worm that began slithering its way through computers in Iran with just one aim — to sabotage the country’s uranium enrichment program and prevent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from building a nuclear weapon.

But it would be nearly a year before inspectors would learn of this. The answer would come only after dozens of computer security researchers around the world would spend months deconstructing what would come to be known as the most complex malware ever written (Stuxnet) — a piece of software that would ultimately make history as the world’s first real cyberweapon.

From Wired Magazine: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/07/how-digital-detectives-deciphered-stuxnet/all/1