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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:47 am

Air Force's Cyber Command General's slashdot interview

very interesting stuff. 

http://interviews.slashdot.org/article. ... 2&from=rss

I'll quote my favorite exchange:

Legal Hacking... (Score:5, Funny)
by JeanBaptiste (537955)

Just post a list of the stuff you want hacked and the more patriotic hackers will enjoy doing it for free.

Due to the nature of hacking and what many people do to acquire such skills, they may not want to 'join up' and all that.

But if you post a list of IP's that are okay to bring down, and networks you want information stolen from, with the understanding that the US will not condemn any attacks, and I'm sure more than enough people would do it for free.

Is there anything like this already in place? Cause I got nothing better to do this weekend. Or most any weekend.

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YGTBKM! LOL! I like your enthusiasm, but you know the Air Force neither encourages nor condones criminal activity.
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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 1:11 pm

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lol too funny.


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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:37 pm

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The worrying part is that he's probable right, offer a risk free target and I'm guessing most people will take a shot. If nothing else would create a lot of 'cover' for the 'professionals' to hide in.

Despite Pseud0's quote being among the best, I'd still recommend reading the whole interview for anyone who originally missed it on /.
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Post Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:54 pm

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I was able to attend a talk on Cyber Command today and meet General Lord. Very interesting stuff. He's saying that it will really be five or so years before the command gets sorted out to any large extent.
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Post Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:24 am

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Which means one of two things, either:

1.  As with most government prognostications, it'll actually take 10 - 15 years

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2.  It's already in place and has been for a while longer than anyone even knew it was in existence.
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Post Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:26 am

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i stand by my statement that it would be money well better spent getting all the other people currently doing IA to cooperate and talk versus standing up a new "cyber command"
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Post Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:46 am

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The government loves duplicate effort. Our tax dollars at work....
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Post Wed Jul 02, 2008 7:22 pm

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Actually part of the talk addressed this. They'll be consolidating the folks that are already doing the same or similar jobs in other commands into the new one. Alot of the people moving over are currently doing network-related work or are in spacecom.
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Post Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:06 pm

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in the AF or DoD? big difference.
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Post Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:10 pm

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This is strictly in the AF.
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Post Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:30 pm

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and how is this not a waste of $$?
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Post Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:23 pm

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Basically his explanation for the whole command is that they're presently unprepared to provide troops for any sort of serious cyber war (his phrase). Currently when the need arises for any kind of a hackerish person, they take a green airman and send him to school for several years, then have him shadow someone from the NSA to get real-world experience. Having a multi-year delay on being able to put someone into the fray is obviously undesirable. So with the new command, they'll have folks trained up and ready to roll.
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Post Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:08 pm

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interesting, so lets stand up a command to send people to a fight that doctrinally we aren't allowed to fight.  sounds good to me. 
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Post Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:54 pm

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When asked direct questions about the activity that said command would take part in, he definitely put the emphasis on defense and skirted around addressing offensive capabilities. It sounded to me like there would be an offensive component, but he wasn't going to talk about it. Any kind of offense in that direction would require some changing (or at least serious reinterpretation) of the rules.
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Post Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:05 pm

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Looks like the Army is following fast in Lord's footsteps

http://usacac.army.mil/CAC/usaewp.asp
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