Pentagon: “You just got pwned!” – Again
Ed. note: A demonstration of what almost $1 trillion will buy you in the US “defense” budget. Anything in the budget for cybersecurity? What a mess the Pentagon is in. Is it any wonder General James Mattis walked away. Maybe the Pentagon can come up with a few million to investigate how China is obtaining access to all this advanced technology. The Pentagon won’t because it’s too busy fighting a war on drugs.
The United States goes from the most advanced technology in the world represented by the astonishing technology behind the SR-71 to “sucking at cybersecurity”. This editor assisted in maintenance on an SR-71. It was absolutely magnificent standing next to an SR-71 initiating startup. Or maybe this is all just smoke and mirrors and the technology – and money – is there only hidden? The concern is with Trump’s “space force initiative” the derived technology will end up either in Israel or China.
by Matthew Gault | Jan 16 2019
The American Military Sucks at Cybersecurity
A new report from US military watchdogs outlines hundreds of cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
The Department of Defense is terrible at cybersecurity. That’s the assessment of the Pentagon’s Inspector General (IG), who did a deep dive into the American military’s ability to keep its cyber shit on lockdown. The results aren’t great. “As of September 30, 2018 there were 266 open cybersecurity‑related recommendations, dating as far back as 2008,” the Inspector General said in a new report.
The new report is a summary of the IG’s investigations into Pentagon cybersecurity over the previous year. It looked at 20 unclassified and four classified reports that detailed problems with cybersecurity and followed up to see if they’d been addressed. Previously, the IG had recommended the Pentagon take 159 different steps to improve security. It only took 19 of them.
Cybersecurity issues affected all branches of the military and ranged from the serious to the mundane. At a server site connected to America’s ballistic missile defense systems, inspectors “found an unlocked server rack despite a posted sign on the rack stating that the server door must remain locked at all times.”
According to the IT security officer on staff at the time, “network operations staff were troubleshooting issues with the server in the rack we found unlocked and failed to notify the [redacted] assistant security manager once they completed maintenance on the server so he could lock it.”
At the same site, officials also weren’t encrypting data transferred from computers via USB sticks and removable hard drives. “According to the security manager…[redacted] encrypted less than one percent of Controlled Unclassified Information stored on removable media.”
These bad security practices are taking place at the buildings running America’s missile defense systems. These are the people watching the skies and responsible for protecting US cities in the event of a nuclear attack from a foreign country, and they can’t be bothered to encrypt data or lock up their server racks.
Please go to Motherboard to rad the entire article.
Ed. note: Three examples of “sucking” at cybersecurity:
This is one more reason for the Pentagon’s catastrophic failure in cybersecurity – more than likely intentional with the best G.D. Searle PR guy money can buy, Donald Rumsfeld knowing more about aspartame than cybersecurity. From this point forward, the US military will probably be collapsed and turned over to the United States of Lockheed Martin and Israel. Maybe the John C. Lilly man-machine SAINT program interface fantasy “QAnon” can save America?
Anyone happen to locate the missing trillions from the Pentagon yet? And what the hell, Don, you should see what they discovered out in the Negev desert there in Israel? That’s right, Don, artificial sweeteners commonly used in foods and drinks have a toxic effect on digestive gut microbes. Thank Ben Gurion for that one. We’re so proud of you Donald, for being presented with the “Defender of the Constitution Award” for your outstanding PR work. One last thing Don, after Monsanto bought out G.D. Searle, Monsanto (now Bayer) has gone on to incredible heights of corporate power beyond even your best PR efforts on “unknowns”. Monsanto’s Roundup (Glyphosate) is used to spray the shit out of Palestinian fields across Israel’s military barrier with Gaza several times a year.
Source: Bleeping Computer
Hundreds of Cybersecurity Risks Still Affecting the Pentagon
By Sergiu Gatlan • January 14, 2019
The Pentagon recently went through a yearly audit performed by The Defense Department Inspector General which published its findings in a lengthy and heavily redacted report on January 9, 2019.
According to the Office of Inspector General, the Department of Defense is still lacking when it comes to the speed of addressing cybersecurity recommendations designed to reduce such risks affecting the Pentagon’s network, 266 different unresolved such issues dating as far as 2008 being discovered during the audit.
“Open recommendations can be either resolved or unresolved. Resolved recommendations are those that DoD management has agreed to implement, but has not yet completed agreed-upon actions. Unresolved recommendations are those that DoD management disagrees with or provides alternative corrective actions for.” says DoD OIG’s report.
The Inspector General says that the audit summarizes also includes results obtained by analyzing four classified reports and 20 unclassified reports, all issued between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, by the Government Accountability Office and DoD’s oversight community.
Please go to Bleeping Computer to read the entire article.
Why Israel dominates in cyber security
By Peter Suciu • September 1, 2015
In recent months, and especially since the nuclear deal with Iran, there has been a strain between the U.S. and Israel. Despite this, one area where the ties remain close is cyber security, with the two parties even cosigning a statement committing continued cooperation on that front last month.
A regional power devoted to ensuring its own survival, Israel has burgeoned into a high tech epicenter built around Internet security, anti-virus software, and other cyber defense technologies. Much of this is an extension of its self-reliance, and the added fact that since the creation of modern Israel, the nation has faced enemies on its borders. “The challenging environment Israel faces in the Middle East in the physical world has reflections also on the cyber world,” says Dudu Mimran, CTO of the Cyber Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University, located in Beer Sheva, Israel. “Security is a subject that can be taught theoretically, but nothing is a substitute for a real hands-on experience and we’ve got lots of it.”
Please go to Fortune to read the entire article.
Ed. note: Israel with a population of 8.7 million people with merely a handful of its population involved in technology compared with the United States with a population of 300 million with all of its institutions and high tech firms is being surpassed on every level of technological development. Whatever is sitting out there in the Negev desert the walls built around Israel must be reinforced to protect it.
On October 31, 2018 Water Online reported the Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards had visited Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beer-Sheva, Israel to participate in the signing of a research Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between BGU’S Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research and the Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge. The technology transfer will be taking place shortly removing that water technology from the Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge, Mississippi. Zuckerberg’s Facebook not only relies on Israel for R&D his operation will now be behind transferring water technology to Israel as Silicon Valley fades on the horizon of a California sunset.
“The future of Israel lies in the Negev” -David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister
“On what is accomplished in the Negev,” – maintained Ben-Gurion – “Israel will stand or fall.”
Even the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) invested $2 million with Ben-Gurion University for cybersecurity research. Perhaps the Pentagon should invest several billion with Ben-Gurion University for its cybersecurity?
Source: New York Post
Why Israel has the most technologically advanced military on Earth
By Yaakov Katz • January 29, 2017
In 1950, just two years after the state of Israel was founded, the country’s first commercial delegation set off for South America.
Israel desperately needed trading partners. Unlike its Arab adversaries, Israel did not have natural resources to fund its economy. There was no oil or minerals. Nothing.
The delegation held a couple of meetings but was mostly met with laughs. The Israelis were trying to sell oranges, kerosene stove tops and fake teeth. For countries like Argentina, which grew its own oranges and was connected to the electrical grid, the products were pretty useless.
It’s hard to imagine this is what Israeli exports looked like a mere 67 years ago. Today, Israel is a high-tech superpower and one of the world’s top weapons exporters with approximately $6.5 billion in annual arms sales.
Since 1985, for example, Israel is the world’s largest exporter of drones, responsible for about 60 percent of the global market, trailed by the US, whose market share is under 25 percent. Its customers are everywhere — Russia, South Korea, Australia, France, Germany and Brazil.
In 2010, for example, ﬁve NATO countries were ﬂying Israeli drones in Afghanistan. How did this happen? How did Israel, a country not yet even 70 years old, become a superpower with one of the most technologically advanced militaries in the world that is changing the way modern wars are fought?
The answer, I believe, is a combination of a number of national characteristics unique to Israel.
First, despite Israel’s small size, about 4.5 percent of its GDP is spent on research and development, almost twice the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development average. Of that amount, about 30 percent goes to products of a military nature. By comparison, only 2 percent of German R&D and 17 percent of US R&D is for the military.
Please go to New York Post to read the entire article.