U.S. Government is Building Cyber Offensive Teams

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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    "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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    ... is developing offensive teams that will protect the nation’s interests in cyberspace.


    Sounds offensive.
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  • 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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  • 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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    ... is developing offensive teams that will protect the nation’s interests in cyberspace.


    Sounds offensive.
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  • "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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