Defence and Aerospace


  • Britain prepared to use air strikes or send in troops as retaliation against future cyber attack

    June 28, 2017

    Britain could launch military retaliation such as air strikes against a future cyber attack, the Defence Secretary has suggested. Sir Michael Fallon warned potential attackers that a strike on UK systems “could invite a response from any domain – air, land, sea or cyberspace”. The Defence Secretary said the UK’s ability to carry out its own cyber ...

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth is ‘running outdated Windows XP’, raising cyber attack fears

    June 27, 2017

    Fears have been raised that Britain’s largest ever warship could be vulnerable to cyber attacks after it emerged it appears to be running the outdated Microsoft Windows XP. As HMS Queen Elizabeth left its dockyard for the first time to begin sea trials, it was revealed the £3.5billion aircraft carrier is apparently using the same software that left the NHS exposed. Screens ...

  • Cybersecurity Demands a Military Mindset

    June 21, 2017

    American corporations have a high degree of cybersecurity risk awareness, and yet many enterprises, especially in non-regulated sectors, fall short in their cybersecurity stance.  This is mainly because executives see security as an ROI-less investment mandated by regulation. Even worse, executives suffer from two psychological biases: “We haven’t suffered a breach this year, so no need ...

  • Militaries and Industry Seek to Solve Cybersecurity Conundrum

    June 20, 2017

    For at least the whole of the current century, militaries have understood the critical role cyberdefense plays in every aspect of operations. Yet most military organizations appear reluctant to train for network defense outside of specialist cyber units. Unlike with land, sea, air and space, cyberwarfare cannot be conducted only by specialists. Mistakes in configuration or ...

  • Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

    June 16, 2017

    A UK-based computer hacker has admitted stealing hundreds of usernames and email addresses from a US military communications system. Sean Caffrey, 25, of Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, broke in and pinched the ranks, usernames and email addresses of more than 800 users of a satellite communications system and of about 30,000 satellite phones, back ...

  • Air Force knocking down stovepipes to shore up space cybersecurity

    May 3, 2017

    Cybersecurity is a growing concern for everyone who relies computers. The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) faces unique challenges, however, because it uses an extensive array of ground systems that in some cases are decades old to communicate with the individual satellites and constellations the U.S. military relies on during peacetime ...

  • Pentagon Challenges White Hats with New “Hack the Air Force” Bug Bounty Program

    April 27, 2017

    The Pentagon is launching its largest bug bounty project thus far, this time asking hackers to find flaws in the Air Force’s platforms. “Hack the Air Force” will be open not only to experts in the United States but also from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, or, in other words, what we’ve come ...

  • In line with PM Modi’s push, Army gets new software to enhance cyber security

    April 2, 2017

    In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s push for enhancing cyber security, the Indian Army is testing the indigenous BOSS (Bharat Operating System Solutions) to guard its communication and information networks from espionage by foreign players. In his maiden address to the senior commanders of the three services, the prime minister had asked them to guard ...

  • German military to unveil new cyber command as threats grow

    March 30, 2017

    Germany’s military will launch a cyber command next week as part of an effort to beef up online defenses at a time when German spy agencies are warning of increasing cyber attacks by Russia. The German military remains a high-value target for hackers, with some 284,000 complex and professional would-be attacks registered in the first nine ...

  • IDEF’17 Will Open the Door Under the Auspices of The Presidency of the Republic of Turkey

    March 30, 2017

    One of the most important organization of Tukey, IDEF 13thInternational Defence Industry Fair will be held under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey and hosted by the Ministery of National Defence and under the management and responsibility of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation. IDEF which will be organized between May 09-12, 2017 at ...

  • The WikiLeaks Hacking Dump Exposed a Big Disconnect Over Cyber Security

    March 29, 2017

    When WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange disclosed earlier this month that his anti-secrecy group had obtained CIA tools for hacking into technology products made by U.S. companies, security engineers at Cisco Systems swung into action. The WikiLeaks documents described how the Central Intelligence Agency had learned more than a year ago how to exploit flaws in Cisco’s ...

  • Nato to spend £2.6 billion on satellites, cyber security and drones

    March 27, 2017

    Nato will announce plans to spend €3bn (£2.6bn) on upgrading its satellite and computer technology over the next three years, a senior official has said. As the alliance adapts to new types of warfare it hoped the technology will deter hackers, as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) acknowledges conflicts are increasingly fought out online rather than in the air, on land or at sea. The ...

  • US Military Security Clearance Files Leak Due to Unsecured Drive

    March 13, 2017

    US Air Force documents were left on an unsecured backup drive, exposing highly sensitive personnel files on over 4,000 senior and high-ranking officers. According to MacKeeper Security Researchers, the gigabytes of files were accessible to anyone because there was no password to protect the backup drive. It seems the information found there varied from names and ...

  • Israeli Military Targeted by Android Mobile Surveillance Malware

    February 16, 2017

    According to Kaspersky Lab, starting in mid last year, over 100 Israeli servicemen were hit by an attack that exfiltrated data to the attackers’ command and control servers. Then, the devices were pushed Trojan updates allowing the hackers to extend their capabilities. Experts believe the campaign is still ongoing and in its early stages, targeting Android ...

  • Hacking the Army

    January 19, 2017

    The hacker prodding a public-facing Army recruitment website in early December stumbled upon a vulnerability, then another, until he found himself suddenly connected to an internal Department of Defense network that should have prompted him for special access credentials. By the end of that night, Pentagon employees were swapping frantic phone calls and considering a ...

  • Secret details emerge on Iran’s Cyber Army

    January 15, 2017

    A report by Al Arabiya has revealed the secrets of the Iranian electronic army and its intelligence and cyber activities against states and institutions. It also examines the details behind the murder of Mohammad Hussein Tajik, its former commander. Tajik was sacked from his post, detained and tortured over accusations of spying and leaking information to the ...

  • Hedge funds to invest more in technology and cyber defence

    January 12, 2017

    Investments by hedge funds into technology advancement is set to increase in the coming five years, as more executives within the industry become concerned about the impact of technology on their competitiveness. A new report finds that they will leverage a broad range of investment strategies to meet needs, from building their own systems to outsourcing. ...

  • Microsoft, Qualcomm back Israel’s Team8 cybersecurity firm

    January 9, 2017

    The venture arms of Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Qualcomm (QCOM.O) have invested in Team8, an Israeli creator of cybersecurity start-ups, as big multinational companies get behind Israel’s burgeoning cyber industry in the face of growing threats. Team8, which also announced on Monday a strategic partnership with Citi (C.N) to help develop its products, said the most recent ...

  • France thwarts 24,000 cyber-attacks against defence targets

    January 7, 2017

    Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said such attacks were doubling every year and this year’s presidential elections could be targeted. He said it would be “naive” to think France was immune to the type of cyber-campaign that targeted the US election, which has been blamed on Russia. Mr Le Drian is overseeing an overhaul of France’s cyber-security ...

  • Cyber security chief honoured for taming hi-tech threats

    January 4, 2017

    A leader in the field of cyber security who spent 28 years in the RAF and protected the White House has been named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Group captain Andrew Gudgeon, who works at Nationwide, was awarded an OBE for his work strengthening and protecting the UK and US’s cyber security, The 51-year-old, who ...