Swarm of 100 military drones exhibits collective behaviors in flight
At the California test site, the 103 Perdix drones released from three F/A-18 Super Hornets demonstrated sophisticated swarming behaviors, including collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing. The post Swarm of 100 military drones exhibits collective behaviors in flight appeared first on Digital Trends.
How consumer drones wind up in the hands of ISIS fighters
 ISIS reportedly carried out its first successful drone attack this week, using a commercially available drone to deliver explosives and kill two Kurdish fighters. It’s an effort that has been a long time coming: a Facebook group dedicated to supporting Kurdish forces reported that two small drones packed with explosives were shot down in December, and reports of ISIS using commercial… Read More ...
Teen hacks the Pentagon, gets praised for finding bugs
High school student David Dworken spent 10 to 15 hours between classes on his laptop, hacking U.S. Defense Department websites. Instead of getting into trouble, the 18-year-old who graduated this week was one of two people praised by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at the Pentagon on Friday for finding vulnerabilities before U.S. adversaries did. “We know that state-sponsored actors and black-hat hackers want to challenge and exploit our networks … what we didn’t fully ap...
Teen hacks the Pentagon, gets praised for finding bugs
High school student David Dworken spent 10 to 15 hours between classes on his laptop, hacking U.S. Defense Department websites. Instead of getting into trouble, the 18-year-old who graduated this week was one of two people praised by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at the Pentagon on Friday for finding vulnerabilities before U.S. adversaries did. “We know that state-sponsored actors and black-hat hackers want to challenge and exploit our networks … what we didn’t fully ap...
Department of Defense expanding Hack the Pentagon program
 Wanna hack the military? The Department of Defense is starting to give hackers more opportunities to test its systems without the threat of prosecution. The department announced today that it is expanding its Hack the Pentagon program to include more DoD systems and networks. Hack the Pentagon pays hackers to find and report vulnerabilities in exchange for cash, and so far it’s proved… Read More ...
Uncle Sam wants you… to hack the Pentagon
 My team, the Defense Digital Service (DDS) exists to bring in the best processes, talent, and technology from the private sector into the DoD. An offshoot from the United States Digital Service (USDS) at the White House, we’re tasked with transforming how the Pentagon builds and delivers digital services and products to three million civilian and military employees in the U.S. and around… Read More ...
Uncle Sam wants you… to hack the Pentagon
 My team, the Defense Digital Service (DDS) exists to bring in the best processes, talent, and technology from the private sector into the DoD. An offshoot from the United States Digital Service (USDS) at the White House, we’re tasked with transforming how the Pentagon builds and delivers digital services and products to three million civilian and military employees in the U.S. and around… Read More ...
New report finds terrorists and arms dealers selling through Facebook groups
A new report into arms sales on social media has found that illicit Facebook groups in Syria, Iraq, and Libya are being used by terrorists to sell and purchase weapons. Much of the larger weaponry being resold on the platform originated in the U.S. The post New report finds terrorists and arms dealers selling through Facebook groups appeared first on Digital Trends....
Department of Defense officially launches ‘Hack the Pentagon’ program
Hack the Pentagon is a new bug bounty program launched by the Pentagon that allows vetted white hat hackers to test the public-facing website of the Department of Defense for bugs and threats. The post Department of Defense officially launches ‘Hack the Pentagon’ program appeared first on Digital Trends.
When The Pentagon Comes Knocking: An Open Letter To Silicon Valley
 The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, has made two trips to Silicon Valley this year, but has only spoken directly to his counterpart in Russia once in the same period — despite NATO being on its highest possible alert level. That’s how serious the Pentagon is about courting Silicon Valley to bolster defense innovation. Read More ...
Pentagon hit by cyberattack, sources suggest Russian involvement
Pentagon officials revealed Thursday that a "sophisticated" cyberattack of suspected Russian origin was carried out against its unclassified email system at the end of last month, affecting around 4,000 military and civilian employees. The post Pentagon hit by cyberattack, sources suggest Russian involvement appeared first on Digital Trends....
After Twitter and YouTube hacking, Pentagon learns perils of social media exposure
If so-called “cyber jihadists” want to launch another social media attack on America’s military, they will have plenty of targets: the US Army alone lists more than 2,000 links to feeds on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other accounts. In the wake of Monday’s breach of US Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube feeds by apparent sympathisers of the Islamic State militant group, US officials updated passwords and some distributed tip-sheets to help bolster online secur...
Iranian hackers may target U.S. energy and defense firms: FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, according to a confidential agency document. The operation is the same as one flagged last week by cyber security firm Cylance as targeting critical infrastructure organizations worldwide, cyber security experts said. Cylance has said it uncovered more than 50 victims from what it dubb...
Iran hackers may target U.S. energy and defense firms: FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, according to a confidential agency document. The operation is the same as one flagged last week by cyber security firm Cylance as targeting critical infrastructure organizations worldwide, cyber security experts said. Cylance has said it uncovered more than 50 victims from what it dubb...
Military acquisition pace hampers US ability to counter cyber threats
U.S. military experts on Monday said current acquisition rules hamper their ability to respond quickly to a growing number of cyber attacks against U.S. weapons and computer networks and new approaches are needed.   Kristina Harrington, director of the signals intelligence directorate at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), said acquisition programmes typically take about two years to initiate and execute, but rapidly changing threats in the cyber domain require a different approach. &...
No, the Pentagon did not order 80,000 BlackBerry devices
BlackBerry’s shares took a slight beating on Thursday when the US Defense Department came out to clarify that it had not placed an order for 80,000 devices from the company. The shares tumbled by 3 percent after they rose earlier last week following a confusion regarding device sales to the Pentagon.   In a press release back on January 16, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced that it launched a new mobile network that would support 80,000 BlackBerries as well as 1,800 iPhones a...
Pentagon Clears BlackBerry, Samsung Devices For Defense Dept Use
BlackBerry and Samsung devices have been given the go-ahead for use on Defense Department networks. The approved devices are BlackBerry 10 smartphones, BlackBerry PlayBook tablets using the Enterprise Service 10 system and Samsung’s Android Knox. The Pentagon said earlier this week that it also expects to clear Apple devices using iOS 6 in early May. Pentagon spokesman Lt Col Damien Pickart said in a statement that “this is a significant step towards establishing a multi-vendor envir...
Sorry BlackBerry! The Pentagon may start using iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices
The Department of Defense seems poised to approve iOS 6 and Samsung Galaxy devices for official use in the Pentagon. This decision does not bode well for BlackBerry, the longtime source of ultra-secure mobile communication.
Apple And Samsung Devices Could Soon Be Used At The Pentagon
Is it time for BlackBerry's monopoly at the Defense Department to be dispatched with full military honors? The faint bell you may hear in the distance is the one tolling for BlackBerry. The Pentagon has given the green light (and the A-OK sign, and probably shouted, "go, Go, GO!") to both Apple and Samsung to bid for the business contracts for smartphones and tablets for its defense staff. Almost all of the Pentagon's 600,000 smartphone users currently tote BlackBerry devices in their hols...
U.S. Department Of Defense Reportedly Planning To Buy 650,000 iOS Devices After Nixing BB10 To Cut Costs
The U.S. Department of Defense will order 650,000 iOS devices to replace older BlackBerry devices that are incompatible with the new BlackBerry 10 operating system after the sequester is over, reports Electronista. The DOD will order 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod touches, and 210,000 various iPhones models. Electronista has been told that “more than half are headed to the battlefield, afloat, and to associated support commands. Most of the rest will stay [at the Pentagon]...