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cyberseas vs the real seas

April 19, 2008

Bruce Schneier picks up an article about how to ensure ‘freedom of the cyber seas‘ through traditional modes of political action: We believe that now is the time for the United States to pursue a “Freedom of the Cyber Seas” policy, based on a successful model of the past–President Jefferson’s approach to “Freedom of the […]

10011001 wants you!

April 16, 2008

So the Air Force Cyberspace Command is stealing a page from our playbook, not that it was a particularly original idea to begin with (they were probably equally inspired by a young Angelina Jolie¬†or more likely a grizzled Bruce Willis). But the issue feeds into larger concerns with the US’s science deficit: First, U.S. companies […]

storm worm

October 14, 2007

Global Guerillas posts on a sophisticated new threat to global computer networks. While the concept of self-replicating networks is not exactly novel, the combination of propagation techniques (worm/virus/trojan) into a single managed package represents a new level of coordination by the program’s writers; coordination not just with each other, but with the broader terrain in […]

collective information security: part 1

October 7, 2007

Despite a booming volume business for botnets on the black market, herders are beginning to break up swarms and spread them across multiple command servers, in an effort to thwart the detection and neutralization technique most commonly used by security firms and law enforcement: pinpoint the source of a traffic spike and sever the network […]

DARPA Deep Green to be battlefield ‘crystal ball’

October 3, 2007

DARPA is seeking proposals to develop a comprehensive predictive battlefield system that automatically generates “a broad set of possible futures” and prunes unlikely scenarios, thereby accelerating the decision-making process and amplifying the planning capacity of commanders, while presumably also helping coordinate planning options among different units.

burma cuts off internet

September 29, 2007

Reports are in that the Burmese government has severed that country’s internet links to the outside world in an effort to halt the global distribution of news and images of repression, using the guise of a damaged cable. While many countries selectively control the inflow of information (viz. Zimbabwe), these reports – if correct – […]

Kenya working on cyber law

August 11, 2007

The Kenyan government is compiling legislation to govern its burgeoning ICT sector. The legislation is motivated by a desire to stabilize e-commerce as an ‘economic growth engine’ – especially in new globalized sectors like electronic business services. The law will reportedly cover “e-signatures, privacy and security, econtracts, cyber crime, [and] offences and punishments” and could […]

DARPA scalable network monitoring

August 11, 2007

Concerned about the amount of processing power required to scan increasing DoD traffic for potential threats, DARPA is soliciting proposals for a project called Scalable Network Monitoring that uses trend analysis rather than brute force to idenfity threats. [Via Wired]

mapping cyber-jihad

August 10, 2007

The Economist reported a few weeks ago on Younis Tsouli aka Irhabi007, self-styled cyber-jihadi and apparent coordinator of al-Qaeda’s internet propaganda. Tsouli was arrested in London in 2005 along with two other cyber-jihadis and received a ten year sentence. The London Police counter-terrorism bureau delivered a textbook definition of the network society when describing the […]

global governance and cyberwar

August 9, 2007

The Economist reports that in the wake of the cyberwar waged on Estonia, NATO is reconsidering its collective security arrangements. In a nutshell, because the network society transcends conventional political boundaries (excepting places bounded, like China, by great national firewalls), collective security arrangements based on territorial alliances like NATO are inadequate to prevent the contagion […]