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U.S. Government is Building Cyber Offensive Teams

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America is preparing for war in cyberspace.

The U.S. Department of Defense said earlier this week that the U.S. Cyber Command (Cybercom) is developing offensive teams that will protect the nation’s interests in cyberspace. It's also developing tactics, techniques and procedures, and doctrine describing how the teams will work in that environment.

"These defend-the-nation teams are not defensive teams, these are offensive teams that the Defense Department would use to defend the nation if it were attacked in cyberspace," said Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, who also serves as National Security Agency director. "Thirteen of the teams we’re creating are for that mission set alone. We’re also creating 27 teams that would support combatant commands and their planning process for offensive cyber capabilities."

Cybercom is looking to establish one-third of the teams by September 2013, the next third by September 2014, and the final third by September 2015. The effort to get these teams up and running is currently on track, he said, thanks to efforts by the service chiefs who are pushing the initiative.

The call to action arrives as the American virtual frontier is being marred by exploits and attacks. Corporate secrets are spilling into foreign hands, and overseas hackers are breaking into networks, thrashing servers and data bases for their political or religious cause. The environment on the strategic cyberspace landscape is becoming more contentious, he said.

"Cyber effects are growing. We’ve seen attacks on Wall Street -- 140 over the last six months -- grow significantly. In August, we saw a destructive attack on Saudi Aramco, where data on over 30,000 systems was destroyed," he added.

In addition to the nation's new cyber army, the government is also working on a series of teams that will defend Department of Defense networks in cyberspace. Cybercom is also working on "situational awareness," a.k.a. information sharing, between Washington, security firms, and the public sector so that the government can see an attack unfold in cyberspace in real time.

"Today, seeing that attack is almost impossible for the Defense Department," he said. "We would probably not see an attack on Wall Street -- it’s going to be seen by the private sector first, and that [highlights] a key need for information sharing."

To read the general's full report, head here. Sounds like the government is opening up a can of virtual Whoopass.

 

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    NuclearShadow , March 16, 2013 4:19 PM
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    "Cyber effects are growing. We’ve seen attacks on Wall Street -- 140 over the last six months


    Glad to see my tax dollars will go to protecting Wall Street. I sure wouldn't want that bailout money I and every other American gave them go to waste. Thanks DoD and Wall Street, if it wasn't for you taking our money we would have wasted it on things like improving our educational system, and not having to worry about social security. You know petty programs that actually help and make a respectable society.
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    -Jackson , March 17, 2013 12:26 AM
    somebodyspecialIf you are unaware of all the attacks recently you've been living under a rock. Lockheed Martin, Mcdonnell Douglas (nearly every defense contractor has been attacked - and info taken), many banks etc etc have all been attacked (google too, everyone). Our IP is being stolen right and left. I'd rather spend money on defense every day as opposed to dumb EV/GREEN crap that is a total loss of money. Same for education. Nobody gets a good education these days in PUBLIC schools. All the brains come from private schools where teachers have to actually DO their job or get fired as parents leave with their kids and money (when you suck) and students REALLY do get kicked out for not doing the work. Kids flunking private schools happens rarely because mommy/daddy are VERY pissed when their cash goes down the drain on a kid like that. 50% of kids in Chicago drop out. Public schools suck and the teachers are overpaid on top of it for that failure ($80K for that drop out rate avg?). They don't even work year around like the rest of us and get EVERY day imaginable off. Wasting more of my money on PUBLIC schools is pointless and I shouldn't have to pay for it anyway (I have no kids). Stop wasting my money.

    I'm rarely a man of few words, but damn are you narrow-minded and ignorant.
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    fnh , March 16, 2013 4:32 PM
    Quote:
    ... is developing offensive teams that will protect the nation’s interests in cyberspace.


    Sounds offensive.
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    NuclearShadow , March 16, 2013 4:19 PM
    Quote:
    "Cyber effects are growing. We’ve seen attacks on Wall Street -- 140 over the last six months


    Glad to see my tax dollars will go to protecting Wall Street. I sure wouldn't want that bailout money I and every other American gave them go to waste. Thanks DoD and Wall Street, if it wasn't for you taking our money we would have wasted it on things like improving our educational system, and not having to worry about social security. You know petty programs that actually help and make a respectable society.
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    fnh , March 16, 2013 4:32 PM
    Quote:
    ... is developing offensive teams that will protect the nation’s interests in cyberspace.


    Sounds offensive.
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    thecolorblue , March 16, 2013 4:35 PM
    "Today, seeing that attack is almost impossible for the Defense Department," he said. "We would probably not see an attack on Wall Street -- it’s going to be seen by the private sector first, and that [highlights] a key need for information sharing."

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/

    fear fear fear to get people to accept anything it seems
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    thecolorblue , March 16, 2013 4:37 PM
    NuclearShadowGlad to see my tax dollars will go to protecting Wall Street. I sure wouldn't want that bailout money I and every other American gave them go to waste. Thanks DoD and Wall Street, if it wasn't for you taking our money we would have wasted it on things like improving our educational system, and not having to worry about social security. You know petty programs that actually help and make a respectable society.

    but how will those programs help out the private corporations sell more weapons to the govt? they need the govt handouts too
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    ikyung , March 16, 2013 4:43 PM
    NuclearShadowGlad to see my tax dollars will go to protecting Wall Street. I sure wouldn't want that bailout money I and every other American gave them go to waste. Thanks DoD and Wall Street, if it wasn't for you taking our money we would have wasted it on things like improving our educational system, and not having to worry about social security. You know petty programs that actually help and make a respectable society.

    In all fairness, if Wall Street was to shut down or hit a roadblock, we wouldn't even be thinking about the problems in our educational system or social security. Just look at history. Great depression, the 1997 Asian financial crisis, etc. When a country has to file for bankruptcy, it effects everyone living in there. But, if the USA was to file for bankruptcy, the entire world's economy will take a huge hit and every sector around the globe will come screeching to a halt. We should be protecting Wall Street as much if not more since it's the brain and heart of our entire country's economic system.
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    Azn Cracker , March 16, 2013 4:56 PM
    Will they get a medal for doing well?
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    slomo4sho , March 16, 2013 5:41 PM
    The one thing we can always expect from government is to be reactive instead of being proactive.
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    memadmax , March 16, 2013 5:54 PM
    What a joke...
    You know what, I wonder who is determining/deciding this crap, and is saying that we are even being attacked in the first place?
    What is the point of this? It's all over seas anyways, if there is war on in the internets then it could turn into war here in the real world.
    The reason why I say that is because there is zero evidence that this crap is going on. Yea sure, there are tons of driveby port scanners out there looking for open ports but they usually find honeypots anyways..... Targeted websites are targeted because, well, they are there, and big, and known, duh...
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    jnkweaver , March 16, 2013 5:58 PM
    I loved how they announced this right before they started axing contractors and cutting back Government workers workweek (and pay) by 20% to save money. Who exactly do you think will be manning this?
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    thillntn , March 16, 2013 6:30 PM
    As if the Government wasn't offensive enough already...
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    WINTERLORD , March 16, 2013 6:33 PM
    about time, I bet though its partialy a little to late some trade secrets have prolly for saure been spilled
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    WINTERLORD , March 16, 2013 6:34 PM
    oh and good luck getting corporate America to cooperate with the government lol
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    WINTERLORD , March 16, 2013 6:36 PM
    the point as someone had asked if we get attacked while where moving our files we can launch a counter attack to distract them long enough to unplug or erase stuff
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    digiex , March 16, 2013 8:26 PM
    Quote:
    U.S. Government is Building Cyber Offensive Teams

    ...Hacker/s detected, get ready to "nuke" their hardware!
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    Eisbrecher34 , March 16, 2013 10:36 PM
    Die Hard 4: Why make a cyberattack division when we could just hire John McClane :) 
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    kewlmunky , March 16, 2013 11:27 PM
    "These defend-the-nation teams are not defensive teams, these are offensive teams that the Defense Department would use to defend the nation if it were attacked in cyberspace"

    All I could think about was the episode of south park where they tried to nuke imagination land.
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    somebodyspecial , March 16, 2013 11:30 PM
    If you are unaware of all the attacks recently you've been living under a rock. Lockheed Martin, Mcdonnell Douglas (nearly every defense contractor has been attacked - and info taken), many banks etc etc have all been attacked (google too, everyone). Our IP is being stolen right and left. I'd rather spend money on defense every day as opposed to dumb EV/GREEN crap that is a total loss of money. Same for education. Nobody gets a good education these days in PUBLIC schools. All the brains come from private schools where teachers have to actually DO their job or get fired as parents leave with their kids and money (when you suck) and students REALLY do get kicked out for not doing the work. Kids flunking private schools happens rarely because mommy/daddy are VERY pissed when their cash goes down the drain on a kid like that. 50% of kids in Chicago drop out. Public schools suck and the teachers are overpaid on top of it for that failure ($80K for that drop out rate avg?). They don't even work year around like the rest of us and get EVERY day imaginable off. Wasting more of my money on PUBLIC schools is pointless and I shouldn't have to pay for it anyway (I have no kids). Stop wasting my money.
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    -Jackson , March 17, 2013 12:26 AM
    somebodyspecialIf you are unaware of all the attacks recently you've been living under a rock. Lockheed Martin, Mcdonnell Douglas (nearly every defense contractor has been attacked - and info taken), many banks etc etc have all been attacked (google too, everyone). Our IP is being stolen right and left. I'd rather spend money on defense every day as opposed to dumb EV/GREEN crap that is a total loss of money. Same for education. Nobody gets a good education these days in PUBLIC schools. All the brains come from private schools where teachers have to actually DO their job or get fired as parents leave with their kids and money (when you suck) and students REALLY do get kicked out for not doing the work. Kids flunking private schools happens rarely because mommy/daddy are VERY pissed when their cash goes down the drain on a kid like that. 50% of kids in Chicago drop out. Public schools suck and the teachers are overpaid on top of it for that failure ($80K for that drop out rate avg?). They don't even work year around like the rest of us and get EVERY day imaginable off. Wasting more of my money on PUBLIC schools is pointless and I shouldn't have to pay for it anyway (I have no kids). Stop wasting my money.

    I'm rarely a man of few words, but damn are you narrow-minded and ignorant.
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    timw03878 , March 17, 2013 7:07 AM
    NuclearShadowGlad to see my tax dollars will go to protecting Wall Street. I sure wouldn't want that bailout money I and every other American gave them go to waste. Thanks DoD and Wall Street, if it wasn't for you taking our money we would have wasted it on things like improving our educational system, and not having to worry about social security. You know petty programs that actually help and make a respectable society.


    How is garnishing my wages and indoctrinating my kids make for a respectable society?
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    amdfreak , March 17, 2013 8:56 AM
    Cannot believe USA is behind EU in fighting cybercrime !

    European Cybercrime Centre -> https://www.europol.europa.eu/ec3
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