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Dept. of Defense to Announce Cyber Command

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Earlier in the week, we published a report detailing a breach of Pentagon security that saw cyber-spies make off with terabytes of data from the Joint Strike Fighter program, the U.S. Department of Defense’s most expensive weapons program to date.

Many of you questioned how this could even happen and criticized the DoD’s attitude toward cyber threats. Reports today say the government is endeavoring to step up its game when it comes to protecting against online attacks and will soon appoint a specific command dedicated to overseeing cybersecurity. WSJ reports that Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to announce the creation of a new military "cyber command" after the rollout of the White House review.

Citing National Security Agency Director and three-star army general Keith Alexander, the Journal says the NSA is calling for a "team" approach to cybersecurity that would see the NSA take care of protecting military and intelligence networks while the Department of Homeland Security protected government networks.

What do you guys think of this news? Yesterday nearly all of you agreed that the government needed to pick up the pace when it came to hacking and cyber threats. We look forward to a more structured team dedicated to keeping the our military and government data safe. Lets hope at least one member of this team will notice if terabytes of data start walking out the door. Leave your thoughts below!

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    bungee91 , April 22, 2009 8:45 PM
    Seems to me that there planning is a bit backwards!...
    To say something like "the U.S. Department of Defense’s most expensive weapons program to date" and then to have gaping security holes (as it sounds) after actually having data that needs to be secured seems just ridiculous to me!
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    audioee , April 22, 2009 8:47 PM
    Why do these companies that have government contacts have such sensitive data on computers that can see the general internet? This is what makes no sense to me.
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    audioee , April 22, 2009 8:48 PM
    I meant to say "government contracts".
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    jsloan , April 22, 2009 9:18 PM
    because they are morons
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    greenskye , April 22, 2009 9:18 PM
    wait... We didn't have any type of cyber security before? It was just sort of whatever security measures the project leader happened to think of? What are we in? the 50's?
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    jsloan , April 22, 2009 9:20 PM
    by the way its not just them, banks and others are doing transactions over the internet, so just keep that in mind when you go to your atm machine and do something. the servers are on the internet open to anyone.
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    fatedtodie , April 22, 2009 9:21 PM
    If toms followed up on the story it seems it was bogus. Every other news service says it didn't happen and it was just a few overzealous people inside the company and in the government that went all sensationalist. It didn't happen.

    As to the cyber command... we already have one in the air force this must be a DOD level one (though they have that already too). Gee good thing Obama knows how the government works authorizing all this wasteful spending.
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    Anonymous , April 22, 2009 9:31 PM
    They should get on time warners tier program so they know when they reach 100 gb of data transfer.
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    airborne11b , April 22, 2009 9:33 PM
    fatedtodieIf toms followed up on the story it seems it was bogus. Every other news service says it didn't happen and it was just a few overzealous people inside the company and in the government that went all sensationalist. It didn't happen.As to the cyber command... we already have one in the air force this must be a DOD level one (though they have that already too). Gee good thing Obama knows how the government works authorizing all this wasteful spending.


    Don't forget congress, their the ones that put forth and approve most spending, not the president. But that's besides the point.

    How can you think more cyber security is a "waste" of spending? IMHO the more people we have to defend against cyber threats the better.

    Considering that America as a whole is almost fully dependent on the internet I can't see how anyone could think that more security is a "Waste of spending" when it comes to defending the internet and it's users.
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    ckthecerealkiller , April 22, 2009 9:37 PM
    audioeeWhy do these companies that have government contacts have such sensitive data on computers that can see the general internet? This is what makes no sense to me.


    What do you think the name "Joint Strike Fighter" indicates. This is a program that will assist the United Kingdom, Norway, Australia, Canada, and Italy in replacing their aged fighters.

    jsloan because they are morons

    .......I'm not even going to dignify that with a response.
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    Anonymous , April 22, 2009 9:48 PM
    Don't they already have security analysts and threat experts? I sense some Draconian surveleiance extending beyond the DoD's intranet with this one.
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    kutark , April 22, 2009 9:50 PM
    What we need is a serious overhaul of our physical infrastructure with security in mind. Its like Zavoi said in the interview, a dedicated team of hackers able to shut down the entire internet in the US in ~30 minutes (which i have no doubt is true). Thats just madness.
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    Draven35 , April 22, 2009 9:55 PM
    audioeeWhy do these companies that have government contacts have such sensitive data on computers that can see the general internet? This is what makes no sense to me.


    Because that's what the internet was for, not for us to sit around and poke fun at them.
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    Anonymous , April 22, 2009 10:01 PM
    Geeze you people. Do some research before you post:

    http://www.jsf.mil/program/prog_intl.htm

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program is an Internationally oriented program consisting of partnerships with a number of countries. See below for links to the transcripts of the signing ceremonies of the official partnership of each of the programs cooperating partners:

    United Kingdom (signed 17 Jan 2001 for $2B)
    Italy (signed 24 Jun 2002 for $1B)
    Netherlands (signed 17 Jun 2002 for $800M)
    Turkey (signed 11 Jun 2002 for $175M)
    Canada (signed 7 Feb 2002 for $150M)
    Australia* (signed 31 Oct 2002 for $150M)
    Denmark (signed 28 May 2002 for $125M)
    Norway* (signed 20 Jun 2002 for $125M)

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    RADIO_ACTIVE , April 22, 2009 10:05 PM
    I say we throw a bunch of money at it and hope to god no one steals anymore. That fixes everything :0
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , April 22, 2009 10:06 PM
    BTW the F-35 is awsome...
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    Draven35 , April 22, 2009 10:16 PM
    The F-35 JSF program is a replacement for the aging F-16, F/A-18, A-6 Intruder (which has already been retired), and the AV-*B Harrier, depending on whether it is the Air Force, Navy or Marine Corps variant. It also will give the Navy something stealthy, since every previous stealth program they have proposed has been canned. The version sold to foreign governments will be missing most of the stealth features, namely by missing the radar-absorbent material, but stealth functions inherent to the airframe design will remain.

    Of interest on a computer technology site like here is that the F-22 and F-35 are sealthy but have a curved design, unlike the F-117. The reason is the limits of computing power then the F-117 was designed (late 1970s) versus now.
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    kategra84 , April 22, 2009 10:23 PM
    this is all planed, the attack - Now they can justify more spending;
    terrorist attacks are harder to imitate so cyber atacks can be faked more easaly
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    Draven35 , April 22, 2009 10:26 PM
    Yes, because there would never be a real actual cyber attack and no one would ever try to steal that kind of information, right? Governments don't actually spy on each other, they all just make it up to justify spending. [/sarc]
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    ckthecerealkiller , April 22, 2009 10:53 PM
    pureandsimple724Geeze you people. Do some research before you post:http://www.jsf.mil/program/prog_intl.htmThe F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program is an Internationally oriented program consisting of partnerships with a number of countries. See below for links to the transcripts of the signing ceremonies of the official partnership of each of the programs cooperating partners: United Kingdom (signed 17 Jan 2001 for $2B) Italy (signed 24 Jun 2002 for $1B) Netherlands (signed 17 Jun 2002 for $800M) Turkey (signed 11 Jun 2002 for $175M) Canada (signed 7 Feb 2002 for $150M) Australia* (signed 31 Oct 2002 for $150M) Denmark (signed 28 May 2002 for $125M) Norway* (signed 20 Jun 2002 for $125M)


    Thanks for claifying that for me.... I was ready to flame him so hard....
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