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One of the reasons that the US has been slow to respond to attacks is because its security agencies don't talk to each other. This lack of communication may make the FBI, CIA etc look very butch, but it's pretty terrible when lives, businesses and second-tier studio comedies are on the line. This...

February 26th 2015 at 10:03am 0 Comments
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It's a truth, often forgotten, that no-one can be perfect at everything. We may laud Justin Timberlake's musical, dancing and acting ability, but he's probably a terrible plumber. It's a problem that the Army is beginning to understand, since the sort of people who can successfully fight in a cybe...

December 31st 2014 at 8:24am 0 Comments
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The advent of cyberwarfare raises any number of legal quandaries, let alone ethical ones: when it's possible to do serious damage without crossing a border or firing a shot, where do you stop? NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) is publishing the finished version of a no...

March 21st 2013 at 12:28am 0 Comments
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China is routinely accused of launching concerted hacking campaigns against the US, many of them reportedly tied directly to the army's Unit 61398 in Shanghai. If you believe the Ministry of Defense's spokesman Geng Yansheng, however, just the opposite is true. Along with claiming that China would...

February 28th 2013 at 10:46am 0 Comments
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Ever since Stuxnet was discovered, most of the accusing fingers have been pointed at the US, Israel or both, whether or not there was any evidence; it was hard to ignore malware that seemed tailor-made for wrecking Iranian centrifuges and slowing down the country's nuclear development. As it turns...

June 1st 2012 at 2:48pm 0 Comments
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We have some somber news to bring you this morning: Robert Morris, the cryptographer who helped create Unix, has died at the age of 78. Morris began his work on the groundbreaking OS back in 1970 at AT&T's Bell Laboratories, where he played a major role in developing Unix's math library, pa...

July 1st 2011 at 8:36am 0 Comments