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Russian Soldiers to Lose Smartphone Privileges Over Leaks


Feb. 16 2018 – 12:02 Dmitry Feoktistov / TASS The Russian military reportedly plans to ban the use of smartphones as early as next month after a series of embarrassing revelations of Russian troop deployments in Ukraine and Syria. Russia’s Defense Ministry has accused foreign intelligence agencies and terrorist groups of using data posted online by Russian… Continue reading Russian Soldiers to Lose Smartphone Privileges Over Leaks

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Russia’s Approach to Cyber Warfare


A wee bit dated, but very good! Executive Summary Russia views cyber very differently than its western counterparts, from the way Russian theorists define cyberwarfare to how the Kremlin employs its cyber capabilities. The paper examines the Russian approach to cyber warfare, addressing both its theoretical and its practical underpinnings. The following is a summary… Continue reading Russia’s Approach to Cyber Warfare

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Firewalling democracy: Federal inaction on a national security priority


A more applicable message than the post I previously posted, Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, says top U.S. official. Without saying so, this is a call for action by the US government, not just Congress and/or the White House. This is a call for action at every level, by all concerned. </end editorial> BY FRANCIS X.… Continue reading Firewalling democracy: Federal inaction on a national security priority

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Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, says top U.S. official


by CYNTHIA MCFADDEN, WILLIAM M. ARKIN and KEVIN MONAHAN The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election. In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said she… Continue reading Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, says top U.S. official

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“Mind Hacking”: Information Warfare in the Cyber Age


I disagree with many of the terms, assumptions, and arguments Mr. Rugge uses, but overall this is a pretty good article.  My biggest concern is the use of the term CEIW (cyber-enabled information warfare), as it places undue emphasis on cyber.  Using the term cyber in this context is actually redundant because there is almost nothing in… Continue reading “Mind Hacking”: Information Warfare in the Cyber Age

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FBI Software For Analyzing Fingerprints Contains Russian-Made Code, Whistleblowers Say


In a secret deal, a French company purchased code from a Kremlin-connected firm, incorporated it into its own software, and hid its existence from the FBI, according to documents and two whistleblowers. The allegations raise concerns that Russian hackers could compromise law enforcement computer systems. Chris Hamby December 26, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. The fingerprint-analysis software used… Continue reading FBI Software For Analyzing Fingerprints Contains Russian-Made Code, Whistleblowers Say

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NATO’s Little Noticed but Important New Aggressive Stance on Cyber Weapons


Not many people noticed it, but last month, NATO made a dramatic change in its cyber policy. BY THOMAS E. RICKS  | DECEMBER 7, 2017, 10:15 AM By Col. Rizwan Ali, USAF (Ret.) Best Defense office of cyber deterrence Not many people noticed it, but last month, NATO made a dramatic change in its cyber policy announced by… Continue reading NATO’s Little Noticed but Important New Aggressive Stance on Cyber Weapons