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(Wired)   NSA snooping was only the beginning. Meet the spy chief leading us Into cyber-war. General Keith Alexander has been building a secret army capable of launching devastating cyberattacks. Now it's ready to unleash hell   (wired.com) divider line 65
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2013-06-13 11:05:44 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Real war:
"Oh no, somebody bombed my city, it'll take years to rebuild."

Cyber war:
"Oh noes! They haxx0red by computer! It'll take a whole hour to wipe the drive and reload a fresh backup."



Try 30 to 60 days.

To restore your credit, get your money back from the bank, restructure your billing, get new cards.. probably 7 to 10 hours of actual work.

It's bullshiat.
 
2013-06-13 11:15:14 AM  
www.games-workshop.com

COME AT ME, BRO!!!
 
2013-06-13 11:15:27 AM  
Can they start with spammers? Or use them for target practice?

I want my tax dollars going to something useful.

I suppose Posse Comitatus prevents them from going after domestic spammers, but surely there are enough foreign spammers to whack...
 
2013-06-13 11:17:25 AM  

Dman33: Another example of how cyberwarfare can be waged effectively is how Russia went into Georgia. The power grid went down, communications down, and then the shelling and tanks came in. If you want to invade a country these days, you start at the cyber level. I do not think securing our country's rather old infrastructure ex post facto is as easy as you might think. The USA was able to pioneer a lot of tech related infrastructure and now that stuff is older than some of the 'younger' countries. Think about how old some of our pumping, power and transit stations are now and what kind of critical gear is probably in place that could be vulnerable to rather trivial attack..


No I do realize how old it is and that is part of the proactive problem I was describing.

I've done contracting work at infrastructure places that still run critical services on Windows NT, but they don't wan't to change anything because it would supposedly cost too much when the reality is they could virtualize the damn thing, harden it off on its only private network and prevent it from being exposed to the network at large.

What I am getting at is that a great majority of our exposure to attack can be mitigated in short order if people would stop thinking that networks are second order when the reality is that they are critical things that need proactive steps to protect them.
 
2013-06-13 11:28:58 AM  
Torn between omg and about damn time.

/leaning toward adt
//Sparta wouldn't stand a chance
 
2013-06-13 11:55:38 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: Well, TFA had me on the edge of my seat to the very end.  Pretty cool stuff.


^This

That article was well-written and made me want to pursue a career in networks!
 
2013-06-13 12:22:26 PM  
I miss the old days...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-06-13 12:33:43 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!:


Well, he was bored shiatless, then.
 
2013-06-13 01:28:30 PM  
I am a proponent of the DoD having the best cyber warfare force in the world.  By all means, please develop the means to protect us.   Please, attack chinese servers in retaliation on our behalf.  but this:?

In his telling, the threat is so mind-bogglingly huge that the nation has little option but to eventually put the entire civilian Internet under his protection, requiring tweets and emails to pass through his filters, and putting the kill switch under the government's forefinger. "What we see is an increasing level of activity on the networks," he said at a recent security conference in Canada. "I am concerned that this is going to break a threshold where the private sector can no longer handle it and the government is going to have to step in."

That is just plain farking crazy.
 
2013-06-13 01:56:55 PM  
Right.

They've got wings

regmedia.co.uk

They've got graphics

www.wired.com

And this is what they do.

www.wired.com
 
2013-06-13 02:27:42 PM  
My wife reports to Cyber Command next month, so I'm getting a kick.  Computers hate her.  They crash, get weird glitches, and in general completely fark up whenever she's around.  Why they assigned a History major, with a track record of driving her units' S-6 insane with computer problems is beyond me.  But, if any of you are actually worried, Fort Meade's entire computer infrastructure should completely collapse sometime in mid-August.
 
2013-06-13 03:42:42 PM  

devildog123: My wife reports to Cyber Command next month, so I'm getting a kick.  Computers hate her.  They crash, get weird glitches, and in general completely fark up whenever she's around.  Why they assigned a History major, with a track record of driving her units' S-6 insane with computer problems is beyond me.  But, if any of you are actually worried, Fort Meade's entire computer infrastructure should completely collapse sometime in mid-August.


They're going to send her to China to work with their Stock Market Analyst (hacking) unit.
 
2013-06-13 04:14:08 PM  

devildog123: My wife reports to Cyber Command next month, so I'm getting a kick.  Computers hate her.  They crash, get weird glitches, and in general completely fark up whenever she's around.  Why they assigned a History major, with a track record of driving her units' S-6 insane with computer problems is beyond me.  But, if any of you are actually worried, Fort Meade's entire computer infrastructure should completely collapse sometime in mid-August



reading that and this was the first thing that came to my mind....I'm sure your wife is a great person though...
regbaker.typepad.com
 
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2013-06-14 04:51:05 AM  
KEITH ALEXANDER HAS BEEN BUILDING A SECRET ARMY CAPABLE OF LAUNCHING DEVASTATING CYBERATTACKS. NOW IT'S READY TO UNLEASH HELL.
cdn1.sbnation.com

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

2.bp.blogspot.com

It's the Charlie's Angels of our times.
 
2013-06-14 01:18:22 PM  
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