Cyber- / ExoWarfare Blog

US Army Bets On ‘Radical’ Tech, Promises No More Doomed High-Tech Programs -- 18 Jan 2018 - Acquisition, Land, Strategy & Policy CSA MiIley Bets On ‘Radical’ Tech, Promises No More FCS CRYSTAL CITY: The Army needs revolutionary technologies from robot tanks to a long-range super-rifle, the Chief of Staff said today — and it can get them without repeating the mistakes that doomed high-tech programs in ... Read More
Blockwart: Is (US) DISA eyeing Blockchain? -- 18 Jan 2018 - Blockwart   Blockchain has taken a firm foothold in the financial industry as the foundational technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The decentralized, encrypted technology allows for transparent tracking and proponents tout its security. Now, officials at the Department of Defense are looking closely at how they could apply it to ... Read More
US DISA preps for the ‘terabyte of death’ -- 18 Jan 2018 - When Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn retires as director of the Defense Information Systems Agency next month, he’ll leave behind a tangle of threats to the agency’s networks and a host of cutting-edge commercial technologies to offset them. Naturally, those networks are a target for attackers and DISA leaders such as ... Read More
The Quantum Spy Author David Ignatius on the Future of High-Tech Espionage -- 16 Jan 2018 - The intersection of quantum computing and espionage may feel like a faraway future. But in his latest novel, David Ignatius, Washington’s own John le Carré, tackles just that. The Quantum Spy, out now, revolves around a central theme of spy literature: the race for a new technology, to discover something ... Read More
Blockwart: Bitcoin Drug Money Laundering Is Highly Centralized -- 16 Jan 2018 - Blockwart   A joint report by Center on Sanctions & Illicit Finance and Elliptic, a cryptocurrency forensics firm, has indicated that Bitcoin laundering for illicit drug activity is a highly centralized process. The report’s authors, Yaya Fanusi and Tom Robinson, indicate that much of illicit Bitcoin is laundered through mixers, ... Read More
Blockwart: Xapo CEO Foresees A Single Blockchain To Move All Value: “Most Likely” Bitcoin’s -- 16 Jan 2018 - Blockwart During a Facebook Live interview between Xapo CEO and Paypal board member Wences Casares and PayPal CEO Dan Schulman on Jan. 12, Casares explained his vision of a single “robust” Blockchain to move value globally, saying Bitcoin (BTC)’s Blockchain would likely play this role. He also predicted that BTC ... Read More
How 30-day prototyping could solve the US Army’s cyber-buying woes -- 08 Jan 2018 - The idea of buying technology faster, better and more cost-efficiently isn’t new in the government, but the Army believes it can improve its cyber-specific acquisition. In the Army’s program executive office for enterprise information systems, officials in the defense cyber operations program are following a new acquisition strategy, one that ... Read More
Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities: Easy-to-Read Description of One of the Worst Security Leaks – All Intel CPUs Since 1995 Affected -- 04 Jan 2018 - A background on the vulnerabilities: an easy-to-read description of what they are and the immediate and longer-term effects that Meltdown and Spectre will have on the services and software that we rely on. And why having a really secure platform for the 1st time ever (i.e. PoW Blockchain) is such ... Read More
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WiFi mesh networks can detect your breathing -- 29 Dec 2017 - In the world of indoor security systems, motion detection usually relies on cameras or at least dedicated sensors. Both types of solution add to hardware plus installation costs, not to mention that not everyone is comfortable with having cameras pointing at them all the time. Origin Wireless, on the other ... Read More
“Buy Smarter and Faster”: Russia is pushing the [US] Army to move faster on electronic warfare -- 26 Dec 2017 - When Army leaders in Europe needed advanced electronic warfare capabilities, they decided they couldn’t wait for years under the current trajectory of the Army’s official program schedule. Instead, they asked the service to develop a faster solution, one that’s now known as Raven Claw 1 and incorporates facets of the ... Read More
Record with Power: Elon Musk’s South Australian Battery Responded in Just 140 Milliseconds After a Coal-Fired Power Plant Failed -- 25 Dec 2017 - Elon Musk's giant lithium ion battery in South Australia has responded in record time to the first power failure since it was installed as a back up power source. It comes just weeks after Musk won a $US13 million bet that he would supply South Australia with the Tesla battery within 100 ... Read More
Gene editing has gone from supervillain scheme to national security concern -- 21 Dec 2017 - Gene editing is often thought of as a technique from a futuristic villain, best used to create killer mosquitoes or vaccine-resistant diseases. But there, tucked within the nearly 70-page National Security Strategy unveiled Dec. 18 by the Trump administration, was a short paragraph devoted to research and innovation. The document ... Read More
Patent Filing: Boeing Eyes Blockchain in Bid to Fight GPS Spoofing -- 18 Dec 2017 - A new patent filing from Boeing suggests that the aircraft manufacturing giant is looking at how blockchain can help protect in-flight GPS receivers. In a patent application released last Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the developer of the world’s most popular airliner details an "onboard backup and ... Read More
Researchers Reveal First-Ever Complete Quantum Chip Architecture -- 16 Dec 2017 - Researchers at the University of New South Wales have revealed an architectural structure that solves some of the stability issues that are facing quantum computing scientists, according to a recent report. The new architecture, which the report compared in significance to landing a man on the Moon, utilizes currently available ... Read More
Former dDoS & Malware ‘ButterFly’ Botmaster, ‘Darkode’ Founder is CTO of Hacked Slovenian Bitcoin Mining Firm ‘NiceHash’ -- 16 Dec 2017 - NiceHash CTO Matjaž Škorjanc, as pictured on the front page of a recent edition of the Slovenian daily On Dec. 6, 2017, approximately USD $52 million worth of Bitcoin mysteriously disappeared from the coffers of NiceHash, a Slovenian company that lets users sell their computing power to help others ... Read More
GCHQ’s cybersecurity accelerator just opened its door to nine new startups -- 13 Dec 2017 - GCHQ has showcased the nine startups chosen to help protect the UK from the cyber-attacks of the future. Software designed to detect phishing emails, a platform to help developers write secure code, and a company which investigates cybercrime involving cryptocurrencies are just some of the ideas behind the startups that ... Read More
Hyperaware Machines: Will AI Ever Become Conscious, And How Would We Know if It Did? -- 11 Dec 2017 - 11 DEC 2017 Forget about today's modest incremental advances in artificial intelligence, such as the increasing abilities of cars to drive themselves. Waiting in the wings might be a groundbreaking development: a machine that is aware of itself and its surroundings, and that could take in and process massive amounts ... Read More
NVIDIA: AI Makes Fake Videos Which May Facilitate The End of ‘Reality’ as We Know It -- 10 Dec 2017 - What (whom) are we going to trust? Anyone worried about the ability of artificial intelligences (AI) to mimic reality is likely to be concerned by Nvidia's latest offering: an image translation AI that will almost certainly have you second-guessing everything you see online. In October, Nvidia demonstrated the ability of ... Read More
SPAWAR: Artificial intelligence should be the next space race -- 08 Dec 2017 - The push for artificial intelligence is slowly becoming the new buzz in both the commercial-civilian sector as well as the defense industrial complex. “This is the space race of the 21st Century. Whether we want to admit it or not, we’re in a competitive space to own this technology,” Chris ... Read More
This ransomware asks victims to name their own price to get their files back -- 08 Dec 2017 - Attackers behind this form of file-encrypting malware - which has similarities with Locky - think that if the victim can set their own price, they're more likely to pay. A form of ransomware which shares similarities with Locky and also comes with the option for infected victims to negotiate a ... Read More
“Keep Them Lethal”: the US Army’s plan to stop soldiers from staring at their tablets -- 07 Dec 2017 - Bumping into other pedestrians on the street while staring at your cellphone is merely a rude inconvenience. In a battlefield setting, it could be deadly. The Army is trying to prevent such a phenomenon by providing tablet data in soldier’s helmets. The tablets, known as Nett Warrior systems, often provide ... Read More
Electronic Warfare: the solution to more jamming may be another battle management system -- 07 Dec 2017 - The electromagnetic spectrum has become increasingly important to the Defense Department as adversaries seek to jam friendly signals or seize portions of the spectrum to prohibit its use by others. While the individual services have turned to battle management systems to operationalize the EMS, the joint community has begun publicly ... Read More
Booz Allen: Artificial intelligence is transforming immersive training -- 07 Dec 2017 - ORLANDO, Fla. — While graphics, computing speed and even hardware are being improved to make virtual and augmented reality training more realistic, the integration of data science and artificial intelligence will take immersive training to the next level, according to Booz Allen Hamilton consultants in charge of the company’s strategic ... Read More
“We now know who our new overlord is” – In Just 4 Hours, Google’s AI Mastered All The Chess Knowledge in History -- 07 Dec 2017 - "This algorithm could run cities, continents, universes." 7 DEC 2017 Chess isn't an easy game, by human standards. But for an artificial intelligence powered by a formidable, almost alien mindset, the trivial diversion can be mastered in a few spare hours. In a new paper, Google researchers detail how their ... Read More

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