Defence and Aerospace


  • Cyber security breaches rising across UK defence sector

    December 18, 2018

    UK defence secrets are increasingly being exposed to hostile nation states after the number of security breaches in the sector rose this year. Heavily-redacted records obtained by Sky News show an increase in incidents reported to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) between January and October compared to the same period in 2017. Sky News previously revealed the ...

  • Operation Sharpshooter Uses Fileless Malware to Attack Global Infrastructure

    December 12, 2018

    The McAfee Advanced Threat Research team detected a malware campaign dubbed Operation Sharpshooter which attacked nuclear, defense, energy, and financial targets from all over the world. As detailed by McAfee’s research team, the campaign dubbed “Operation Sharpshooter” makes use of an in-memory essential to download and execute a second stage payload named Rising Sun. Moreover, the Rising Sun implant ...

  • U.S. Military Members Catfished and Hooked for Thousands of Dollars

    December 3, 2018

    Prisoners in South Carolina posed convincingly as beautiful women on social media platforms. A sextortion ring that aimed “catfish” efforts at U.S. military service members has been uncovered. The scam bilked 442 service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps out of more than $560,000. An 11-month investigation, dubbed “Operation Surprise Party” and carried ...

  • GSA proposes new cybersecurity reporting rules for contractors

    November 19, 2018

    The General Services Administration is proposing new rules shaping how contractors protect government information on the IT systems they manage. Tucked in a Friday Federal Register post detailing the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, two proposed rules — GSAR Case 2016-G511 and 2016-G515 — call for amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation to include ...

  • US Cyber Command starts uploading foreign APT malware to VirusTotal

    November 8, 2018

    On Monday, the Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF), a subordinate unit of US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), set in motion a new initiative through which the DOD would share malware samples it discovered on its networks with the broader cybersecurity community. The CNMF kicked off this new project by creating an account on VirusTotal, an online file scanning service that ...

  • Hack the Air Force 3.0 Bug Bounty Announced by USAF

    November 6, 2018

    The Hack the Air Force 3.0 bug bounty program organized in collaboration with HackerOne has been announced by the U.S. Air Force to take place from October 19 to November 5. “Up to 600 eligible applicants will be invited to participate in the challenge. Invitations will be issued to eligible participants during the challenge at regular ...

  • Australian defence contractor Austal hit by data breach

    November 1, 2018

    Australian prime defence contractor and shipbuilder Austal informed  the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) of a data breach after the market closed on Thursday evening. The company said it alerted “stakeholders” who were potentially hit by the breach, but said no information affecting national security or the company’s operations was stolen, although a number of staff emails and ...

  • Mattis establishes DOD task force to protect critical tech, information

    November 1, 2018

    Secretary of Defense James Mattis has established a task force whose sole purpose is to better secure the Department of Defense’s important technology and information. Mattis issued a memo dated Oct. 24 creating the Protecting Critical Technology Task Force (PCTTF) to report to the deputy secretary of Defense and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Working with our partners ...

  • Pentagon Expands Bug-Bounty Program to Include Physical Systems

    October 25, 2018

    The news comes shortly after the DoD was called out for having rampant bugs in its weapons systems. The Department of Defense is expanding its “Hack the Pentagon” bug-bounty program to include hardware assets, tapping the Synack, HackerOne and Bugcrowd platforms to attract more white hats to the effort. The news comes two weeks after the Government ...

  • UK MoD secrets exposed in dozens of cyber security breaches

    October 15, 2018

    Ministry of Defence secrets were exposed in dozens of breaches of military cyber security policy last year, as hostile nations and spy agencies continue to probe the UK’s defence sector. Heavily redacted reports obtained by Sky News have revealed that the MoD and its partners failed to protect military and defence data in 37 incidents in ...

  • Hungary increases its scientific cooperation with NATO

    October 12, 2018

    Scientists and other experts from NATO and Hungary discussed future projects of cooperation at the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme Information Day held in Budapest on 11 October 2018. ungary is currently leading an SPS project in the area of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defence. The multi-year initiative aims to develop ...

  • DASA new competition: Behavioural Analytics

    October 11, 2018

    The Defence and Security Accelerator is seeking proposals that can help UK Defence and Security to develop capability in ‘Behavioural Analytics’. This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can help UK Defence and Security to develop capability in ‘Behavioural Analytics’. We are looking for scientific and technological solutions that can provide context-specific ...

  • Microsoft Set To Win Secret Clearance Ahead Of Pentagon Cloud Bid

    October 10, 2018

    Microsoft is battling Amazon’s AWS for the multi-billion-pound deal, after Google pulled out due to ethical concerns Microsoft said this week it is set to receive the US government’s top security clearance early next year, as it prepares to bid for a Pentagon cloud contract worth up to $10 billion (£7.7bn). The announcement follows on from the company’s ...

  • Gallmaker: New Attack Group Eschews Malware to Live off the Land

    October 10, 2018

    A new attack group is targeting government, military, and defense sectors in what appears to be a classic espionage campaign. Symantec researchers have uncovered a previously unknown attack group that is targeting government and military targets, including several overseas embassies of an Eastern European country, and military and defense targets in the Middle East. This group ...

  • Weapon Systems Cybersecurity: DOD Just Beginning to Grapple with Scale of Vulnerabilities

    October 9, 2018

    In recent cybersecurity tests of major weapon systems DOD is developing, testers playing the role of adversary were able to take control of systems relatively easily and operate largely undetected. DOD’s weapons are more computerized and networked than ever before, so it’s no surprise that there are more opportunities for attacks. Yet until relatively recently, DOD ...

  • US to offer cyberwar capabilities to NATO allies

    October 4, 2018

    Acting to counter Russia’s aggressive use of cyberattacks across Europe and around the world, the U.S. is expected to announce that, if asked, it will use its formidable cyberwarfare capabilities on NATO’s behalf, according to a senior U.S. official. The announcement is expected in the coming days as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis attends a meeting of NATO defense ministers ...

  • Defence Secretary reveals new generation of ‘cyber cadets’

    September 30, 2018

    The Cadets CyberFirst programme, delivered by Ministry of Defence cadet organisations and the GCHQ National Cyber Security Centre, will equip over 2,000 cadets a year with the skills and expertise to become future leaders in this emerging industry. Over £1 million will be invested in the programme each year, giving cadets the opportunity to learn how ...

  • Britain to create 2,000-strong cyber force to tackle Russia threat

    September 21, 2018

    Britain is significantly increasing its ability to wage war in cyberspace with the creation of a new offensive cyber force of up to 2,000 personnel, Sky News understands. The plan by the Ministry of Defence and GCHQ comes amid a growing cyber threat from Russia and after the UK used cyber weapons for the first time ...

  • Critical infrastructure will have to operate if there’s malware on it or not

    September 16, 2018

    As threats and cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure are expected to intensify in the near future, cyber-security experts believe that companies and government agencies should be prepared to operate networks even if there’s malware or a threat actor on the network or not. The idea is that cyber-attacks should not cause downtime of any form, and networks should be designed in a way ...

  • ​China aims to narrow cyberwarfare gap with US

    August 17, 2018

    China is looking to narrow the gap with the US in terms of cyberwarfare capabilities, according to an assessment of Chinese military capabilities published by the Department of Defense (DoD). The Pentagon report said that in recent years the Chinese army has emphasized the importance of cyberspace for national security because of the country’s increasing reliance on ...