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... the GAO has put out a brutal report, explaining just how incredibly incompetent the Pentagon has been in both understanding and dealing with any kind of online threats. The full report (pdf) is pretty direct in suggestion that the DoD has known about problems for ages, but has only just started addressing the problems -- and the report says it's too early to tell if they've had any real impact at all.
the Defense Department's claims were definitely much more ridiculous, in that it seemed like the entire point of asking for control over online security was to grant the NSA more spying powers. In fact, we found it somewhat hilarious that the DoD seemed to think that one of its best qualifications for managing digital security issues was its own incompetence in dealing with massive security breaches. Yes, the logic was basically "we had crappy security, so we know that online threats are real."
While we've long said that the risk of "cyberwar" is blown way out of proportion, that doesn't mean that there aren't many attempts to breach government digital security. Tragically, this report suggests that the DoD is woefully unprepared to deal with the issues, and is only just now trying to catch up (potentially from a position well behind any adversaries.)
Originally posted by guessing
Do not know why the governement does not just take important files offline.
or..... use better encryption
RAT stands for "remote access tool," a type of software that hackers and security professionals often use to access computer networks from afar.
Here are questions and answers on the attacks, dubbed "Operation Shady RAT" by McAfee, which was bought by Intel Corp earlier this year:
Q. Who are the victims?
A. They include:
- Governments of Canada, India, South Korea, Taiwan, United States and Vietnam.
- International bodies such as the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency.
- 12 U.S. defense contractors, 1 U.K. defense contractor.
- Companies in construction, steel, energy, solar power, technology, satellite communications, accounting and media.
- Other groups ranging from a U.S. insurance association to the Nevada county government and think tanks.
McAfee declined to identify many of the victims by name.
Originally posted by Dreine
This report is a major false flag, one that is meant to scare most people ignorant of CNA/CND into freely allowing more control and oversight of their cyber interactions.
Trust me,while Russia and China do have significant cyberwarfare capabilities they are not on the same level as the United States.