17 Dec 2018

Poor Security Could Leave U.S. Defenseless Against Missile Attacks

“The Defense Department’s inconsistent security practices leave technical data about the nation’s missile defense system vulnerable to inside and outside threats, according to the agency auditor. The ballistic missile defense system is designed to detect and intercept incoming missiles before they hit their intended targets. The system is made up

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14 Dec 2018

Hackers are making their attacks look like they came from the Chinese government

“Hackers are increasingly using false flag operations that wrongly point the blame toward China for some cyberattacks, threat intelligence experts said. Because Chinese hackers often rely on publicly available tools for their operations, it is easy to mimic their signature viruses, Brandon Helms, the chief operations officers at Rendition Infosecurity,

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14 Dec 2018

Iran hackers hunt nuclear workers, US targets

“As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the fabric of US-Iranian relations. The AP drew

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14 Dec 2018

The Growing Gulf Between Silicon Valley and Washington: A National Security Issue

The gap between Silicon Valley’s tech giants and Washington, especially the Defense Department and the Intelligence Community, is a national security issue, according to a recent opinion piece in The Atlantic. While decisions on tough foreign policy actions against actors like China and Russia have become increasingly bipartisan, tech giants

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13 Dec 2018

Pentagon to Take Over All Security Clearances in Nine Months, Officials Say

“The Defense Department and Office of Personnel Management expect to have merged two offices and moved 2,000 federal employees and a 600,000-case backlog of security clearance investigations nine months from now. The new office will be established under the Defense Security Service by Oct. 1, Director for Defense Intelligence Garry

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13 Dec 2018

How DHS is Trying to Separate Quality Cyber Tools from Snake Oil

How do you compare and test the efficacy of cybersecurity products and companies when the information is proprietary? In many situations, you cannot. The research division of DHS is currently trying to understand how comparisons could be possible that are based on rational actor notions. With cybersecurity companies selling their

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12 Dec 2018

US Navy, Missile Defense Agency shoot down an intermediate-range ballistic missile in space

“The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency continued a hot streak Tuesday when they successfully shot down an intermediate-range ballistic missile target in space from its Hawaii-based Aegis Ashore facility. The test marked the second consecutive successful intercept for the SM-3 Block IIA missile in development. The intercept followed an

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12 Dec 2018

An alleged ISIS supporter and a woman accused of planning a terror attack arrested in Ohio

“A man who allegedly planned to attack a synagogue on behalf of ISIS and a woman accused of plotting a terror attack were arrested in separate cases in northeast Ohio, officials said on Monday. Damon Joseph, 21, from Holland, Ohio, was arrested Friday evening after he took possession of two

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11 Dec 2018

Blurry satellite photos of military bases reveal more than they hide

“Open-source researchers often use satellite images, especially across multiple providers, to uncover information that is otherwise difficult to obtain. In November 2017, the World Bank released an analysis of satellite footage of ISIS-held territory to reveal that the statelet was struggling to produce oil. In September 2018, open-source investigation house

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10 Dec 2018

Stopping the Cybersecurity Brain Drain Calls for Outside the Box Thinking

President Trump’s National Cyber Strategy includes the development of a “superior cyber workforce.” But given the difficulty in recruitment and retention of skilled cyber personnel, this goal may remain illusive. According to the Commerce and Homeland Security departments, there were around 299,000 openings for cybersecurity positions in August 2017, positions

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