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Hack Attack: West Point Cadets Practice a New Kind of Warfare

The cyberattacks hit after sunup. A stream of hostile data packets flooded a Web server. Cadets in camouflage fatigues moved double-time, shouting about mail servers and passwords. Cadet Dan Jeffers calmly tracked the action on his computer screen, wondering about the enemy’s next move. “I’m sure they’re just surfing around, looking for something right now,” said Jeffers, examining long gray lines of scrolling script. The Cyber Defense Exercise conducted last week among the nation’s service academies was a new kind of drill to prepare a new kind of military. The flanking maneuver that Jeffers worried about didn’t come from a tank column. It stemmed from hackers ramming his computer. “The battle may be raging, but it’s happening in cyberspace,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Ragsdale of the U.S. Military Academy. The third annual drill, which ran Monday through Thursday, included computer specialists from the three major military academies, as well as institutions like the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Full Story

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