DoD evalutes weapons plan for cyberspace attacks

Monday - 8/30/2010, 9:52am EDT

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  • The Pentagon is considering applying a "preemptive warfare" -type policy to the Internet. Defense Department officials are considering strategies like knocking out the enemy's network overseas. But they still have to figure out how to do it legally. The Washington Post reports DOD is developing a range of weapons capabilities, including tools that would allow the U.S. to attack and disrupt or destroy other information systems. However, they have to resolve the question of international law, and whether the technology exists that will allow the attacks in the first place. The strategy is considered the next logical step in a plan outlined by Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn. This, as the Pentagon's new Cyber Command is slated to become operational October 1. Military officials have declared that cyberspace is the fifth domain, along with land, air, sea and space, and is crucial to battlefield success.

  • An IBM security report names Apple as the vendor reporting the most security vulnerabilities in the first half of 2010. Linux was the operating system with the most reported vulnerabilities. And Microsoft leads all vendors with 73 percent of the CRITICAL vulnerabilities reported. Computerworld reports, the IBM X-Force analyzed about 4,400 security reports. Four percent of the disclosures came from Apple. It also held the top spot in 2009. IBM found that, although Linux had the most reported security holes, it is not necessarily the least secure operating system. Microsoft had the greatest number of serious security holes.

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