Defence and Aerospace


  • 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 ...

  • UK MoD teams up with TechVets to train veterans in cyber security

    August 15, 2018

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a partnership agreement with the not-for-profit start-up TechVets to help veterans get jobs in the cyber security and technology sector, TechVets, which specialises in helping veterans get jobs in the tech sector, will work with the MOD’s flagship training programme for service leavers, under a new agreement. The agreement will ...

  • Pentagon Circulates Software ‘Do Not Buy’ List

    July 30, 2018

    The US Department of Defence has begun circulating a “do not buy” list of software it considers to have Russian and Chinese connections, in the country’s latest tightening of restrictions on foreign tech influence. The Chinese and Russian governments have called previous US restrictions on companies such as Russian security software firm Kaspersky Lab and Chinese telecoms equipment ...

  • Hacker Sold Stolen U.S. Military Drone Documents On Dark Web For Just $200

    July 11, 2018

    You never know what you will find on the hidden Internet ‘Dark Web.’ Just about an hour ago we reported about someone selling remote access linked to security systems at a major International airport for $10. It has been reported that a hacker was found selling sensitive US Air Force documents on the dark web for between $150 ...

  • Fitness app Polar exposed locations of spies and military personnel

    July 8, 2018

    A popular fitness app that tracks the activity data on millions of users has inadvertently revealed the locations of personnel working at military bases and intelligence services. The app, Polar Flow, built by its eponymous company Polar, a Finnish-based fitness tracking giant with offices in New York, allowed anyone to access a user’s fitness activities over ...

  • Ex-NSO Employee Caught Selling Stolen Phone Hacking Tool For $50 Million

    July 5, 2018

    A former employee of one of the world’s most powerful hacking companies NSO Group has been arrested and charged with stealing phone hacking tools from the company and trying to sell it for $50 million on the Darknet secretly. Israeli hacking firm NSO Group is mostly known for selling high-tech malware capable of remotely cracking into ...

  • White House picks new chief to oversee cyber-weapons group

    June 22, 2018

    The White House has a new leader of a largely secretive government group that decides whether software and hardware vulnerabilities should be withheld from the public to help the government conduct cyber operations. Grand Schneider, the federal chief information security officer and senior director at the National Security Council, was named head of the Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) ...

  • China blamed for data theft from US Navy contractor

    June 11, 2018

    China is being blamed for a cyberattack on a US Navy contractor which has led to the theft of sensitive military information. As reported by The Washington Post, US officials have claimed that up to 614 Gigabytes of information was stolen, including signal and sensor data, as well as submarine radio information relating to cryptographic systems. Plans for ...