Friday, April 13, 2012

Cyberweapons Pushed

[Excerpted] "The new framework sets up two systems for cyberweapons development: rapid and deliberate. The rapid process will take advantage of existing or nearly completed hardware and software developed by industry and government laboratories. This approach could take several months in some cases, or a few days in others.

The deliberate process is designed for weapons whose use carries greater risks. It would be for projects expected to take longer than nine months — still short compared with the years-long process to develop most Pentagon weapon systems...."

Majia here: Cyberweapons developments are myriad and include both international and domestic targets.

In March of this year I commented about the dangers of new weapons designed to target sites (e.g., such as nuclear plants) that are not connected to the Internet:

Here is the article I referenced then:

[excerpted] "The Pentagon is accelerating efforts to develop a new generation of cyberweapons capable of disrupting enemy military networks even when those networks are not connected to the Internet, according to current and former U.S. officials...

Officials are researching cyberweapons that can target “offline” military systems in part by harnessing emerging technology that uses radio signals to insert computer coding into networks remotely..."
Majia here: I previously described how cyberweapons are being used to target legitimate domestic dissent:

Think Progress: Revealed: Fake Facebook Identity Used By Military Contractors Plotting To Hack Progressive Organizations By Lee Fang on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm

[Excerpted] "Earlier this year, ThinkProgress obtained 75,000 private emails from the defense contractor HBGary Federal via the hacktivist group called Anonymous. The emails led to two shocking revelations.

First, that an assortment of private military firms collectively called “Team Themis” had been tapped by Bank of America to conduct a cyber war against reporters sympathetically covering the Wikileaks revelations.

And second, that late in 2010, the same set of firms began work separately for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a Republican-aligned corporate lobbying group, to develop a similar campaign of sabotage against progressive organizations, including the SEIU and ThinkProgress.

In presentations obtained by ThinkProgress from the e-mail dump detailing the tactics potentially used against progressives, HBGary Federal floated the idea of using “fake insider personas” to infiltrate left-leaning groups critical of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s policies

Majia Here: Cyberwarfare is growing and its "proactive" and "surveillance" orientations essentially obliterate the line between dissent and terrorism.

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