In the past, wars were fought by good soldiers, great generals and the best technological weapons of the time. But with the rate of technological advancement, wars may not always be fought on terra firma. Darpa is putting in motion the ability to be prepared for cyberwarfare and “dominate the cyber battlespace.”
Darpa, known for being the Pentagon agency responsible for creating the internet, is heading ‘Plan X,’ an initiative to “improve–and normalize–America’s ability to unleash cyberattacks against it’s foes.” Led by Daniel Roelker, they are looking at this plan as a defensive strategy. Roelker is known to have helped start Sourcefire and the DC Black Ops unit of Raytheon SI Government solutions. He has devalued the current method of “hacker v. hacker” attacking due to it’s lack of scalability and has stated, “We don’t win wars by out-hiring an adversary, we win through technology.”
Currently, the United States lacks the ability not only to withstand a national-level attack, but also to counterstrike “at net speed.” ‘Plan X’ seeks to address both issues. Aiming to construct battle plans that are easily executed and contained.
There are some dangers associated with possible collateral damage, though. Often attackers will use compromised servers from legitimate businesses to host attacks. Going after the attacker can sometimes mean blowing up the haystack just to find the needle. Another negative can be containment of techniques. Once the techniques are released into the wild as an attack, there is no guarantee that it will not be re-purposed and reused for malicious intent.
The Plan X Proposer’s Day Workshop will be held in two sessions in Arlington, VA on September 27th. The morning session will be unclassified, and the afternoon session will be classified SECRET. Attendees of the afternoon session must have a US DOD SECRET clearance or higher. It seems to go without saying, but neither session will permit members of the general public or media to attend.
For some reason, the last thought that came to my mind was, “shall we play a game?”
Source: “Darpa Looks to Make Cyberwar Routine With Secret ‘Plan X’” – Wired.com
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