Russia Disconnecting From The Internet?

Russia has announced plans to temporarily “disconnect” itself from the global Internet. What does this mean for Russia, its citizens, and the rest of the world that is connected to the World Wide Web?

Russia is not the first country to disconnect the Internet.  In January the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo turned off its Internet during the presidential elections there.  And ...

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North Korean Botnet Attacked by FBI

The North Korean Cyberwar Operations group is known variously as Lazarus Group, Guardians of Peace, or Hidden Cobra. A few of their notable achievements include the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures inspired by the satirical Seth Rogan film “The Interview, ” the $81 million cyber bank heist  against Bangladesh’s central bank, and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack.

In June 2017, US-CERT sent a   Continue Reading →

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Russian Active Measures for the Internet Age.

Is Donald Trump Putin’s Revenge?

Was the election of Donald Trump the result of the successful application of “active measures” by Russia? Did the massive Facebook and Twitter campaigns by the Russians change public opinion enough in the final days of the Presidential campaign to move the needle and help Trump win?

According to Retired KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin, former Director of Foreign Intelligence ...

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Are The Russians Really Attacking Us?

It seems that hardly a week goes by without some new cyber-attack being attributed to Fancy Bear, Cozy Bear, Grizzly Steppe, or some other cute-sounding Russian hacker collective.  One the one hand, we have the DHS, FBI, and US-CERT attributing these attacks to the Russians.  There are others, including those working in the cybersecurity profession, that are suggesting that the attackers are not agents of the Russian government, but merely opportunistic ...

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What Might A Future Cyber-War Look Like?

We have entered the age of cyber war.   Believe it or not, cyber war operations are going on right now in many places across the globe.  Most of these operations are covert, and often hard to attribute directly to a particular nation-state or adversary.

Marc Cancian has written a gripping report titled Coping with Surprise in Great Power Conflicts.  It ...

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US Cyber Command Changing the Rules of Engagement

The best defense is a good offense.  Especially if you are “defending forward.”  So what does that mean?

The US Cyber Command has a new leader.  Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty assumed command of U.S. Army Cyber Command on June 1, 2018.  His mission is to make Cyber Command more aggressive in its response to cyber-attacks on assets in the United States.  The ...

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More Proof Legislators Suck At Tech

From former Senator Ted Stevens announcing that “the Internet is a series of tubes,” to the recent revocation of network neutrality to this current idiotic “bipartisan” idea (Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) announced the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act (S.3378) on August 23rd.) our elected officials prove over and over why lawyers in general and legislators specifically suck at tech.

It appears that these two gentlemen attended ...

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9-11 Remembered

Today is the 18th anniversary of a day that I will never forget.  I was driving home from dropping my son off at school, and listening to the radio when they started reporting that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center.  I made it home in time to see the second plane crash into the second tower on television.  Still gives ...

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Inside Iran’s Operation Cleaver

While the US Cyber Command has been focusing on the Chinese, North Koreans, and the Russians, and their respective intrusions into the networks of US companies, energy utilities, our military, and government agencies, Iran has been creating a world-class cyber-ops unit of their own.  Details about what is being called “Operation Cleaver” has been released by security company Cylance.

The Iranian ...

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