Cyber-warfare? (via In-yeop hwang - fileshare)
DARPA has announced its holding their ‘Plan-X Proposers Day’ conference to hear ideas concerning technology/software that could change US cyber-warfare implementation. With the emergence of new viruses capable of causing network obliteration (like the Stuxnet or Flame viruses), the US needs a way to keep their networks secure from enemy threats as well as initiate offensive tactics, which DARPA states ‘are needed to dominate the cyber battlespace.'
The DOD’s (Department of Defense) technology developer will touch on four criteria at the September 27 conference that include 1: Understanding the cyber battlespace, which includes automated analysis techniques (software) designed to help in planning cyber operations. 2: Automatically constructing verifiable and quantifiable cyber operations, this is designed to work much like the auto-pilot feature pilots use except this software generates a ‘mission-script’ (writing small programs on-the-fly) that’s executed through a ‘human-on-the-loop’ interface. 3: Developing OS’s and platforms that operate in dynamic, contested and hostile networks which can perform cyberwarfare functions (battle-damage monitoring, comms relays and weapon deployment) as well as ‘adaptive defense’ (software that modifies itself depending on the virus). 4: Visualizing and interacting with large-scale battlespaces, which will provide a system architecture for planning, operation, situation awareness and war-gaming on the cyber battlefield.
With hackers having the ability to take nuclear facilities off-line, the threat of cyber-attacks are becoming a intensely real problem that has the potential to create some very real destruction which is only one aspect being touched-on during the day-long conference (only one day seems to short). As you could imagine the conference is not open to the public or the press, it's for defense contractors that have a DOD issued SECRET security clearance so we may never know the outcome of this unusual meet-up. A small group of people, guiding what is to come. What could go wrong?
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