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Military academies face off in blunting cyberattacks

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 service academies in the United States is a new kind of drill to prepare a new kind of military. The flanking maneuver Jeffers worried about didn’t come from a tank column. It stemmed from hackers ramming his computer defenses. “The battle may be raging, but it’s happening in cyberspace,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Ragsdale of the U.S. Military Academy here. The third annual drill, which ran Monday through Thursday, included computer specialists from the country’s three major military academies as well as institutions like the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Full Story

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