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Monday, December 24, 2018

For years, the phrase "weapons of mass destruction," or WMDs, referred to physical threats: Nuclear bombs, chemical attacks, and biological warfare. Department of Defense officials, however, are expanding the definition to include offensive cyber operations. They think the threat is so big, that they're seeking ideas from academics, research institutions, and non-profit organizations on how to counter a possible cyber-armageddon. Earlier this week, the Pentagon's Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, or PASCC, issued a solicitation requesting white papers to help the US prepare for such attacks. In recent years, Russia, China, North Korea, and a number of violent extremist organizations have launched offensive cyberspace operations against the U.S. PASCC says the cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated -- and a more integral part of US adversaries' military strategy.




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Dropping logic bombs and .bat files

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-12-24 09:46 AM | Reply

Cybersecurity is what my son is majoring in. He writes science fiction stories for fun, is an avid gamer and plays chess. I told him just apply all those nerdy talents you have, and you'll do great. I think he gets all his talent from his mother. He just gets his good looks from me.😁

#2 | Posted by shane at 2018-12-24 01:13 PM | Reply

Cybersecurity is what my son is majoring in. He writes science fiction stories for fun, is an avid gamer and plays chess.

Great to hear! Regardless of what direction he goes in after graduation, both the nation and the companies here will need his skill set.

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-12-25 12:14 AM | Reply

He should learn Russian and Chinese, along with assembly language.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-12-25 12:43 AM | Reply

Isolate critical electronic infrastructure from the internet. Power distribution management systems, emergency communication systems, public transportation control systems and ?? All else is a futile waste of time nor will it save us from a major solar event.

#5 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-12-25 08:14 AM | Reply

This should be common knowledge by now. The breaches and attacks we've seen up until today are nothing close to what will happen in the future. We are just at the beginning of the cyberworld era. Since we are always playing catch-up to the attackers, it's impossible to protect everything. We have the same mentality of defense in the cyber world that we do in the real world. For example, many of us probably live in cities where they upgrade a highway but everyone there knows that the upgrade still won't be enough to support the city and its growth. Same thing with the cyberworld. For 20 years we have been slowly increasing password lengths and entropy. By now, every service and company should have mandated 15 character passphrases and multi-factor auth. But instead, we continue to know what we use is inadequate and try to cater to users instead of doing what's right even though it may be harder. that's just one example of many of reasons why we are ripe for some big attacks that will come eventually.

#6 | Posted by humtake at 2018-12-26 11:34 AM | Reply

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