3/14: Pentagon creating 13 offensive teams to launch cyberattacks

3/14: Pentagon creating 13 offensive teams to launch cyberattacks
Citizens for Legitimate Government
13 Mar 2013

Pentagon creating 13 offensive teams to launch cyberattacks 12 Mar 2013 The Pentagon's Cyber Command will create 13 offensive teams by the fall of 2015 to help defend the nation against major computer attacks from abroad, Gen. Keith Alexander testified to Congress on Tuesday, a rare acknowledgment of the military's ability to use cyberweapons. The new teams are part of a broader government effort to shield the nation from destructive attacks over the Internet that could harm Wall Street or knock out electric power, for instance. Alexander urged Congress to pass legislation to enable the private sector [corpora-terrorists] to share computer 'threat' data with the government without fear of being sued.

Obama administration to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances 13 Mar 2013 The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters. The proposed plan represents a major step by U.S. intelligence agencies to spot and track terrorist networks and crime syndicates by bringing together financial databanks, criminal records and military intelligence. Financial institutions that operate in the United States are required by law to file reports of "suspicious customer activity," such as large money transfers or unusually structured bank accounts, to Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The Federal Bureau of Investigation already has full access to the database. However, intelligence agencies, such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, currently have to make case-by-case requests for information to FinCEN.
Official worried about cyber attacks on US nuclear command and control 13 Mar 2013 U.S. strategic nuclear weapons and the command systems that control them are vulnerable to cyber attacks although most are hardened against many types of electronic attacks, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said on Tuesday. Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler said during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee that nuclear weapons and the communications used to control them are older and thus less vulnerable to disruption by computer network attacks. "However, we are very concerned with the potential of a cyber related attack on our nuclear command and control and on the weapons systems themselves," Kehler said. "We do evaluate that." The four-star general was responding to questions about the security of nuclear controls outlined in a Defense Science Board report.
Intel Heads Now Fear Cyber Attack More Than Terror 13 Mar 2013 America's biggest national security threat could come not from bullets or bombs in a terrorist attack, but from a computer keyboard. That's the assessment of a cadre of the nation's top intelligence officials, who told Congress Tuesday that cyber attacks lead the numerous national security threats the United States faces. It is the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks [inside job] that anything other than the an extremist threat has been the top concern in the Intelligence Community Worldwide Threat Assessment, which is presented annually to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, told the panel Tuesday that cyber and financial threats were being added "to the list of weapons being used against us" and which help define a new "soft" kind of war.


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