Archive for the ‘cyber’ Category

“Cyber Storm” War Game

January 31, 2008
By TED BRIDIS, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 17 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – It’s the government’s idea of a really bad day: Washington’s Metro trains shut down. Seaport computers in New York go dark. Bloggers reveal locations of railcars with hazardous materials. Airport control towers are disrupted in Philadelphia and Chicago. Overseas, a mysterious liquid is found on London‘s subway.
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And that’s just for starters.

Those incidents were among dozens of detailed, mock disasters confronting officials rapid-fire in the U.S. government’s biggest-ever “Cyber Storm” war game, according to hundreds of pages of heavily censored files obtained by The Associated Press. The Homeland Security Department ran the exercise to test….

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Air Force trains warriors to defend cyberspace

January 29, 2008
WASHINGTON — Ready. Aim. Click.

The military relies on computers and electronic communication to launch precision weapons, spy on its enemies and communicate with troops in combat.
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The Air Force is revamping its training to prepare its 320,000 airmen to protect its frontlines in cyberspace, Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark Schissler said. The battlefield includes the Internet, cellphone calls and signals that trigger roadside bombs.

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SKorea’s military on alert against overseas hackers

January 3, 2008

SEOUL (AFP) – South Korea‘s military has been put on alert against overseas hackers who have gained access to some soldiers’ personal computers, the defence ministry said Thursday.

It did not identify the country where the hackers are based but Chosun Ilbo newspaper said it was China.

The Defence Security Command, which handles counter-intelligence, this week warned all military units to be on the alert against hacking, a ministry spokesman said.

“The alert was issued after the counter-intelligence command found ‘third-nation’ hackers had successfully broken into some soldiers’ computers via e-mails to steal private data,” the spokesman told AFP.

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North Korean border guards in Panmunjon.  The US State Department ... 

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Vietnam Moves To Censor Bloggers

December 29, 2007

Japan Today & AFP

HANOI — Vietnam needs to control blogs to prevent the spread of subversive and sexually explicit content, communist government officials said according to a state media report.Weblogs have exploded in Vietnam in recent years, especially among youths, providing a forum for chatting about mostly societal and lifestyle issues and providing an alternative to the state-controlled media.

Recent anti-Chinese protests over the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands, which were halted following rebukes from Beijing, were organised and debated on the Internet but almost completely ignored by the official press.

The ministry responsible for culture and information, which controls traditional media, in July said it was drafting regulations that would fine bloggers who post subversive and sexually explicit content online.

Deputy Information and Communications Minister Do Quy Doan this week told a conference on Vietnam’s press law that “controlling weblogs is about developing them in accordance with the law, not forbidding them.

“We should provide guidelines that help people know what type of information they can upload online,” Doan said according to a report in the English-language Than Nien (Youth Daily) newspaper.

Bloggers would also be held responsible for information they access, he reportedly said, adding: “Once we have obvious regulations, I think no one will be able to supervise weblogs better than the bloggers themselves.”

Nguyen The Ky, head of the press management and publishing bureau, said: “It’s alright some bloggers have recently showed their patriotism, posting opinions about the Paracels-Spratly archipelagos on their weblogs.”

“But some have sparked protest, causing public disorder and affecting the country’s foreign affairs.

“It’s impossible to control the Internet, so I think we should bolster technical security measures in addition to creating regulations.”