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To promote cyber security practices and develop these core capabilities, DHS says it is working with critical infrastructure owners and operators to create a Cyber security Framework - a set of core practices to develop capabilities to manage cyber security risk. These are the known practices that many firms already do, in part or across the enterprise and across a wide range of sectors. The draft Framework will be complete in October.
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office has announced that two U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.
The number of sexual assaults reported to the Navy has grown by approximately 50 percent in the last year. The Associated Press reports Navy officials said Wednesday that "is a sign that a growing number of sailors feel more comfortable reporting an assault and believe something will be done about it when they do. The Navy said it is on pace to end the 2013 fiscal year later this month with about 1,100 reports of sexual assault. That's up from the 726 sexual assaults reported in the previous fiscal year."
The U.S. military has conducted its first operational test of the THAAD missile defense system and the ship-based Aegis system aimed at intercepting two medium-range ballistic missiles fired almost simultaneously. The test was conducted early Tuesday in the western Pacific. Officials say the test was important because it demonstrated the ability of the U.S. military to defend against possible regional ballistic missile threats from countries like Iran or North Korea or even accidental releases.
Tens of millions of dollars. That's what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells lawmakers a limited military strike in Syria would cost. It opens a window into how far or not the U.S. government could go in launching a strike. Tomahawk missiles are quite often the leading edge of military strikes in situations like these. Tomahawk cost more than $1 million apiece and radar-evading B-2 bombers which might another component cost approximately $60,000 an hour to operate.
How strong is your password? Cyber criminals are running a wide-ranging password-guessing attack against some of the most popular blogging and content management systems on the net. The Fort Disco cracking campaign began in late May this year and is still going on. The UK based Register reports Four strains of Windows malware are associated with the campaign, each of which caused infected machines to phone home to a hard-coded command and control domain
Techweek has been reporting that two large botnets have targeted various content management systems, including WordPress and Joomla. The most recent attacks were labeled as Fort Disco, which began in late May 2013, according to Arbor Networks. Arbor has found six command and control servers, running over 25,000 infected Windows machines that were used to attack CMS systems using brute force or basically running through large lists of possible passwords.
So how do Asian military leaders feel about the U.S. rebalance to Asia? American Forces Press Service reports, they welcomed it. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spent nine days in the region recently and visited Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines during that time. He also participated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations defense ministers conference in Brunei. Acting assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs Peter R. Lavoy.
The US military is focused on Syria right now, but there are other areas where chemical weapons are of great concern. "I've just returned from Asia, where I had a very serious and long conversation with South Korea's defense minister about the threat that North Korea's stockpile of chemical weapons presents to them," said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Referring to Syria's situation, he said the US must demonstrate through its actions that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable.
What's the U.S. going to do about the use of chemical weapons in Syria? Our military objective in Syria would be to hold the Assad regime accountable, degrade its ability to carry out these kinds of attacks, and deter the regime from further use of chemical weapons," said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. He told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday," the Department of Defense has developed military options to achieve these objectives, and we have positioned U.S. assets throughout the region to successfully execute this mission."