Defence and Aerospace


  • 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 ...

  • Revealed: Pentagon Push to Hack Nuke Missiles Before They Launch

    May 22, 2018

    The Pentagon has embraced a controversial policy of destroying enemy nuclear missiles before they launch, an internal policy document from May 2017 shows. It’s an effort that appears to include executing cyberattacks against missile control systems or components. The Pentagon document does not name adversaries. But experts who reviewed it for The Daily Beast considered it ...

  • Pentagon Wants Cloud Secure Enough to Hold Nuke Secrets

    May 15, 2018

    The Pentagon’s JEDI cloud will be designed to store the military’s most sensitive classified information. The Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud will be designed to host the government’s most sensitive classified data, including critical nuclear weapon design information and other nuclear secrets. Read more… Source: DefenseOne  

  • Cyber Dam Busters could give Australia’s military an asymmetric edge

    April 9, 2018

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has a “distinct battlefield edge” because it has fully integrated its military offensive capability into ADF operations. But a “modest” additional investment would give it “an asymmetric capability against future adversaries”, according to the International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). “Having synchronised operations with traditional ...

  • U.S. DoD Hopes To Stamp Out Threats With Bug Bounty Program

    April 2, 2018

    The U.S. Department of Defense is doubling down on routing out vulnerabilities in its massive government systems. On Monday, the DoD announced it was expanding its bug bounty program to include the agency’s massive Defense Travel System. The “Hack the DTS” program launched in partnership with bug bounty firm HackerOne. It targets potential threats found in a ...

  • DoD Studying Implications of Wearable Devices Giving Too Much Info

    January 30, 2018

    Defense Department officials are studying security issues raised by physical conditioning trackers that also can be used to track service members’ whereabouts, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters today. The concern comes from a “heat map” posted by Strava — the makers of a fitness tracking application that shows the routes service members run or cycle in ...

  • British 15-year-old gained access to intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be head of CIA, court hears

    January 19, 2018

    A 15-year-old gained access to plans for intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be the head of the CIA to gain access to his computers, a court has heard. From the bedroom of the Leicestershire home he shared with his mother, Kane Gamble used “social engineering” – where a person builds up a ...

  • Brace yourselves for the ‘terabyte (sic) of death’, warns US army IT boss

    January 12, 2018

    The outgoing head of the Defense Information Systems Agency, which handles computer security for the US Department of Defense, has warned a massive cyber-attack is “looming” at the American military’s door. Over lunch on Thursday, Army Lieutenant General Alan Lynn, who retires in a few months, told the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Washington chapter ...

  • GCHQ ‘Over-Achieved’ its Development of Offensive Cyber Capabilities

    December 21, 2017

    A new report from the Intelligence and Security Committee claims that the GCHQ has substantially increased its hacking abilities over the past few years. So much so that the Committee claims the spy organisation has “over-achieved”. How much is over-achieved? Apparently the agency has doubled the number of offensive cyber-capabilities, including the ability to attack other countries’ communications, ...

  • Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

    November 17, 2017

    Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing “dozens of terabytes” of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest. The archives were found by UpGuard’s veteran security-breach hunterChris Vickery during a routine scan of open ...

  • DHS, FBI describe North Korea’s use of FALLCHILL malware

    November 14, 2017

    The North Korean government has likely been using the malware since 2016 to target the aerospace, telecommunications, and finance industries, the US government says. The federal government on Tuesday issued an alert detailing the North Korean government’s use of malware known as FALLCHILL, warning that North Korea has likely been using the malware since 2016 to target the ...

  • New EU framework allows members to consider cyber-attacks acts of war

    October 31, 2017

    A forthcoming policy framework from the European Union will declare that cyber-attacks from hostile actors can be considered an act of war that under the most serious of circumstances justifies a response with conventional weapons. The Framework on a Joint EU Diplomatic Response to Malicious Cyber Activities is intended to be a strong measure of deterrence ...

  • Defence data hack puts cyber security in the spotlight

    October 12, 2017

    Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has warned firms they face losing government contracts if they do not have strong levels of protection against cyber attacks in place after a massive hack of secret data involving Australia’s new fleet of Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, spy planes and warships. As cyber security experts backed the minister’s call, Mr Pyne deflected ...

  • HP Enterprise let Russia review the Pentagon’s security software

    October 5, 2017

    Last year, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) allowed a Russian defense agency to analyze the source code of a cybersecurity software used by the Pentagon, Reuters reports. The software, a product called ArcSight, is an important piece of cyber defense for the Army, Air Force and Navy and works by alerting users to suspicious activity — such as a ...