Defence and Aerospace


  • AWS is challenging Microsoft’s $10 billion JEDI contract win

    November 14, 2019

    It’s not surprising, but as of today, November 14, it is official: Amazon AWS is protesting the U.S. Department of Defense’s award of its $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft. AWS made the company’s decision to file paperwork to challenge the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) public inside the company during an all-hands meeting on November ...

  • APT33 Mounts Focused, Highly Targeted Botnet Attacks Against U.S. Victims

    November 14, 2019

    The Iran-linked, espionage-focused advanced threat group known as APT33 has been spotted using more than a dozen obfuscated botnets to carry out narrowly targeted attacks against government and academic targets in the Middle East, the U.S. and Asia. Each botnet, linked to its own command-and-control (C2) server, comprises a small group of up to a dozen ...

  • Open database leaked 179GB in customer, US government, and military records

    October 21, 2019

    An open database exposing records containing the sensitive data of hotel customers as well as US military personnel and officials has been disclosed by researchers. On Monday, vpnMentor’s cybersecurity team, led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, said the database belonged to Autoclerk, a service owned by Best Western Hotels and Resorts group. Autoclerk is a reservations management system used ...

  • Malware infection disrupts production at defence contractor plants in three countries

    September 27, 2019

    One of the biggest defence contractors in the world is having a very bad week after malware infected the company’s network and caused “significant disruption” at plants in three countries, the company said on Thursday. The infection took root on Tuesday, September 24, and affected Rheinmetall AG, a German corporation based in Düsseldorf, and one of ...

  • A cyber-espionage group has been stealing files from the Venezuelan military

    August 5, 2019

    A cyber-espionage group known as “Machete” has been observed stealing sensitive files from the Venezuelan military, according to an ESET report published today. The group, known to have been active since 2010, has historically gone after a wide range of targets from all over the world. However, ESET said that starting with this year, Machete has ...

  • NSA to establish a defense-minded division named the Cybersecurity Directorate

    July 23, 2019

    The National Security Agency announced today plans to establish a new defense-minded cyber-security division that will focus on defending the US against foreign cyber-threats. This new division, which will be named the Cybersecurity Directorate, will become operational on October 1, later this year. Anne Neuberger will be the division’s first Director of Cybersecurity. She will report directly ...

  • French army will employ sci-fi writers to predict cyber threats

    July 22, 2019

    The French military is to assemble a team of science fiction writers to imagine possible future cyber threats and inject innovation into cyber defence. This will be a small group, known as the “Red Team” which will be comprised of four or five science fiction writers and or futurists. The team will be hired to “propose ...

  • Cyberwarfare in space: Satellites at risk of hacker attacks

    July 2, 2019

    There’s an urgent need for NATO and its member countries to address the cybersecurity of space-based satellite control systems because they’re vulnerable to cyberattacks – and if left unaddressed, it could have severe consequences for global security, a new paper from a major thinktank on international affairs has warned. Almost all modern military engagements rely on space-based assets, ...

  • Germany and the Netherlands to build the first ever joint military internet

    June 28, 2019

    Government officials from Germany and the Netherlands have signed an agreement this week to build the first-ever joint military internet. The accord was signed on Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium, where NATO defense ministers met this week. The name of this new Dutch-German military internet is the Tactical Edge Networking, or TEN, for short. This is the first time ...

  • US launches cyber-attack aimed at Iranian rocket and missile systems

    June 24, 2019

    The US has responded to a recent rise in Iranian cyber-activity and the shooting of an unarmed drone last week by launching cyber-attacks against Iran’s military IT systems. The cyber-attacks were carried out by US Cyber Command with the direct approval of US President Donald Trump, the Associated Press reported on Sunday, citing two inside sources, and ...

  • Russian military moves closer to replacing Windows with Astra Linux

    May 30, 2019

    Russian authorities have moved closer to implementing their plan of replacing the Windows OS on military systems with a locally-developed operating system named Astra Linux. Last month, the Russian Federal Service for Technical and Export Control (FSTEC) granted Astra Linux the security clearance of “special importance,” which means the OS can now be used to handle Russian ...

  • This malware campaign is targeting the military with phony emails from a defence contractor

    April 16, 2019

    The Ukrainian government and military is being targeted with spear-phishing attacks as part of a cyber-espionage operation based around dropping powerful malware. These phishing attacks have been detailed by researchers at cybersecurity firm FireEye, who identified malicious emails being sent to Ukrainian military departments in January this year. The malware is being sent, presumably, with the aim of monitoring ...

  • NASA’s crap infosec could be ‘significant threat’ to space ops

    March 11, 2019

    NASA’s Office of the Inspector General has once again concluded the American space agency’s tech security practices are “not consistently implemented”. Confirmation that the US government department’s infosec abilities are not up to scratch was a repeat of last year’s federally mandated security audit, which also found that processes and procedures were below par. Oversight personnel from ...

  • Citrix Data Breach – Iranian Hackers Stole 6TB of Sensitive Data

    March 11, 2019

    Popular enterprise software company Citrix that provides services to the U.S. military, the FBI, many U.S. corporations, and various U.S. government agencies disclosed last weekend a massive data breach of its internal network by “international cyber criminals.” Citrix said it was warned by the FBI on Wednesday of foreign hackers compromising its IT systems and stealing ...

  • Researchers Link ‘Sharpshooter’ Cyber Attacks to North Korean Hackers

    March 4, 2019

    Security researchers have finally, with “high confidence,” linked a previously discovered global cyber espionage campaign targeting critical infrastructure around the world to a North Korean APT hacking group. Thanks to the new evidence collected by researchers after analyzing a command-and-control (C2) server involved in the espionage campaign and seized by law enforcement. Dubbed Operation Sharpshooter, the cyber espionage ...

  • Senior Defence figure raises concerns about future cyber attacks

    February 19, 2019

    One of Australia’s senior military figures says the threat of cyber attacks against the nation’s infrastructure and military networks is on the rise. Major General Marcus Thompson leads the Information Warfare Division, which was set up in mid-2017 with the aim of providing both defensive and offensive cyber capabilities. In his first media major interview, he told ...

  • Airbus data breach impacts employees in Europe

    January 30, 2019

    European aerospace corporation Airbus disclosed today a security breach that impacted its commercial aircraft manufacturing business. The company said the security breach “resulted in unauthorised access to data.” According to a press release published earlier today, Airbus said that “some personal data was accessed,” but “mostly professional contact and IT identification details of some Airbus employees in Europe.” Read more… Source: ...

  • Army ready to embrace AI

    January 11, 2019

    Army’s acquisition organization is still working out its IT strategy, but it has laser focus on weaving artificial intelligence into the force. Army acquisition head, Bruce Jette told reporters at the Defense Writers Group breakfast Jan. 10 in Washington, D.C., that while the department isn’t where he’d like it to be, the ultimate goal is to ...

  • NASA discloses data breach

    December 19, 2018

    The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) admitted today to getting hacked earlier this year. In an internal memo sent to all employees, the agency said that an unknown intruder gained access to one of its servers storing the personal data of current and former employees. Social Security numbers were also compromised, NASA said. The agency ...

  • DOD doesn’t keep track of duplicate or obsolete software

    December 18, 2018

    The US Marine Corps, the Navy, and the Air Force are not keeping track of their software inventories, according to a report released today by the US Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG). Auditors said management at many services part of these three military branches “did not consistently rationalize their software applications” leading to situations where they ...