Calling in Cyber Strikes, “Reckless” Cyber Attacks Against the US, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:

  • Debora Plunkett, head of the National Security Agency’s Information Assurance Directorate, accused other nations of launching “reckless” cyber attacks against the United States without “any sense of restraint.” More here.
  • Nearly 3,000 donors were fooled into giving over $570,000 to a network of look-alike campaign websites in what appears to be a sophisticated phishing scheme. More here.
  • The U.S. Air Force is seeking “biologically-inspired integrated vision systems” to gather and analyze a broader spectrum of visual data like an insect’s eyes. More here.
  • A Rand study commissioned by the Department of Defense found that the Navy’s new enterprise resource planning system a “qualified success” despite the cost increase and elimination of maintenance from the program’s scope. More here.
  • The Army and Marine Corps are both developing procedures to allow combat troops to request offensive cyber support like they currently request artillery and air support. More here.
  • The White House cybersecurity executive order draft has leaked and will focus on voluntary critical infrastructure protection. More here.
  • According to officials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, “Due to an unanticipated and overwhelming response from industry and academia, DARPA has rescheduled the Plan X Proposers’ Day Workshop” to 15 and 16 October. More here.
  • An analysis of government breach data found 268 incidents of data breaches reported between January 1, 2009 and May 31, 2012, which exposed more than 94 million records containing personally identifiable information. More here.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation is spending $1 billion to add facial recognition to its national biometric database as part of the Next Generation Identification program. More here.

This post by was first published at

Original post

Leave a Comment

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply