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New Lab Will Let Researchers Conduct Virtual Attacks

Iowa State University is preparing to deep-freeze hackers. With a grant of about $500,000 from the Department of Justice, the university will begin building the Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment, or ISEAGE (pronounced Ice Age), an Internet lab where virtual battlefields will be created. Researchers can conduct computer attacks just as if they occurred over the Internet and test how well security tools work at thwarting those attacks. “ISEAGE gives us a chance to play out attacks and try complex attacks that you wouldn’t be able to attempt on the real Internet or infrastructure,” says Doug Jacobson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State and director of the lab. Key areas of security exploration will include protecting computer-controlled critical government and private infrastructures such as power grids, transportation, and water systems from large-scale coordinated attacks, such as those launched by attackers working simultaneously from countries around the globe. Full Story

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