16 Nov 2018

The Pentagon failed its first official audit, but officials aren’t surprised

“The U.S. Department of Defense ‘failed’ its first-ever audit, expected to be released Thursday, according to its No. 2 official. But Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan isn’t surprised at the result, saying it was widely expected the audit would find issues. A 1990 law passed by Congress required audits

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12 Nov 2018

DOD file sharing tool disabled due to vulnerability

“Department of Defense leaders have disabled a secure file sharing system due to security risks and have not set a date to reinstate the technology. The Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center Safe Access File Exchange, or AMRDEC SAFE site was disabled as a preventative measure after

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25 Oct 2018

DoD bug bounty program to expand to more sensitive systems

“In yet another contract allowing outside hackers to test systems for vulnerabilities, the Department of Defense is opening the doors to more sensitive systems. In the past the bug bounties, as they’re known, focused on public-facing DoD websites. They allow vetted hackers to search for vulnerabilities for cash payouts that

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17 Oct 2018

DoD knows future terror groups will seek to copy ISIS, turn social media into a weapon

“The Islamic State’s 2014 invasion of Iraq, military futurist Peter Singer writes, ‘was launched with a hashtag.’ #AllEyesOnISIS became a viral propaganda machine that inspired followers, generated bots and is credited in part with driving enough fear to lead thousands of U.S.-trained and equipped Iraqi forces to abandon their posts.

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26 Sep 2018

New DoD/Rand report populates searchable, predictive database on sexual assault in the U.S. military

The U.S. Department of Defense recently released a study on sexual assault in the U.S. military. The data it generated from over 170,000 survey responses has formed the basis for all kinds of statistics broken down by gender, location, and service branch, allowing analysts to project the likelihood that any

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20 Sep 2018

DoD releases first new cyber strategy in three years

The Department of Defense has released its first new cyber strategy document since 2015. The document affirms that the U.S. “cannot afford inaction,” and that U.S. cyber operations must more “amplify military lethality and effectiveness” more offensively. Defense officials conducted a review of the department’s cyber capabilities and strategy that

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02 Aug 2018

The way you swipe your phone can be used to track you

A group of Australian researchers published a paper on how swipes, taps, key strokes, and handwriting on touch screen devices can be used to identify individuals. “While regular tracking tracks virtual identities such as online profiles, touch-based tracking has the potential to track and identify the actual (physical) person operating

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26 Jul 2018

Congress wants DoD to hold a national cyber response exercise

Although it has not included a deadline, Congress has proposed high-level exercise led by the DoD in cooperation with the DHS and FBI to prepare civilian agencies to respond to attacks on critical infrastructure. Responding to lawmakers’ claims that the DoD has not adequately prepared, DOD’s CYBERCOM has emphasized that

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25 Jul 2018

The military wants to help secure the midterm elections

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has offered to assist in the securing of the U.S.’s election systems for the upcoming midterm elections in November, according to a tweet from a U.S. senator on the Armed Services Committee. A Pentagon spokesperson has also announced that the DoD continues

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12 Jul 2018

Details on an Air Force drone? $200 on the dark web

The appearance of sensitive documents detailing UAV plans and a variety of army manuals have highlighted ongoing cyber-related difficulties within the U.S. military. The plans were accessed through a router vulnerability that had been disclosed two years previously, through the computer of a Air Force captain would have completed a

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