July 31, 2014

Pentagon set to make fivefold increase to cybersecurity force

the pentagon(LiveHacking.Com) – The Pentagon is going to make a fivefold increase to its cybersecurity force in a move designed to bolster the USA’s ability to defend itself in cyberspace. The major expansion, which is will be made over the next several years, is designed to increase the country’s protection of critical computer systems as well as improve the USA’s powers to conduct offensive computer operations against foreign adversaries.

According to a report by the Washington Post, the expansion was requested by the head of the Defense Department’s Cyber Command, a unit which until now has focused mainly on cyber defense. Under the new plans the unit will be able to carry out more attacks in cyberspace. To do this the current 900 personnel will be expanded to 4,900 including troops and civilians.

The new  Cyber Command will include three types of forces:

  1. National mission forces – to protect computer systems that undergird electrical grids, power plants and other infrastructure deemed critical to national and economic security
  2. Combat mission forces – to help commanders abroad plan and execute attacks or other offensive operations
  3. Cyber protection forces – to fortify the Defense Department’s networks.

“Given the malicious actors that are out there and the development of the technology, in my mind, there’s little doubt that some adversary is going to attempt a significant cyberattack on the United States at some point,” said William J. Lynn III, a former deputy defense secretary who helped fashion the Pentagon’s cybersecurity strategy. “The only question is whether we’re going to take the necessary steps like this one to deflect the impact of the attack in advance or . . . read about the steps we should have taken in some post-attack commission report.”

Update: Stars Worm Probably Just Political Bluff

It is now a couple of days since Iran claimed it was under another cyber attack but so far it has not offered any proof or given security experts any information about the worm. Simple fingerprint  information about the worm would immediately validate Iran’s claims and also allow security experts to see if examples of the worm have been found in the west.

Investigations by Live Hacking have revealed that inside of Iran there is little or no information about this worm and even Iran’s Computer Emergency Response Team have no knowledge of the attack.

Since Stuxnet also infected PC’s outside of Iran it is impossible that the new Stars worm has remained only inside the borders of this middle eastern country. When (and if) Iran publish more data on the worm it can be analysed thoroughly. If they don’t published any more information this will just been seen as another attempt at political misdirection.