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Cyberwarriors guard virtual front

As coalition forces continue to engage the enemy throughout Iraq, the number of battles being fought in cyberspace also has risen, according to one Army information assurance officer. Col. Mark Spillers, information assurance program manager in the Coalition Forces Land Component Command communications office at Camp Doha, Kuwait, said there has been a slight increase in cyberattacks against coalition systems since Operation Iraqi Freedom began, “but all along there have been pretty active attempts.” “These could be casual [probes], and sometimes we don’t know if it’s hackers trying to come in or simple scans,” Spillers said during a March 29 phone interview. If a device is thought to be compromised, it is immediately isolated, taken off the network and scanned for viruses, but “we’ve done well to prevent that from becoming a problem.” Full Story

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