Cyber Roundup (12/21): Wikileaks to release 1 million new docs, NSA launching app for classified info, banks suffer more DDOS attacks, and more . . .

Dec 21st, 2012 Current Affairs

A quick survey of recent cyber news . . .


CNN reports that Julian Assange has promised that WikiLeaks will release 1 million new documents that “effect every country in the world.”  Not many details.

Michael Cieply writes for the New York Times on “We Steal Secrets,” an upcoming movie about WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and Bradley Manning set for debut at Sundance next month.


On 12/20, Eric Engleman reported for Bloomberg that a bunch of banks–BOA, SunTrust, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bancrop, Wells Fargo, and PNC, to be specific–are again suffering from DDOS attacks.  These attacks are slightly different from the last round of DDOS because “they are hitting multiple banks in a single day this time” whereas “the attackers targeted on bank per day in the previous campaign.”


Bob Brewin, for Nextgov,on how the US Army is seeking to carve out a piece of cyber and space turf.  This according to the  U.S. Army Capstone Concept, which “describes our vision of the future operational environment, the role of the Army in the joint force, and the broad capabilities required by future Army forces.”

One particularly relevant portion of the Capstone:

The Army requires a full range of cyberspace and electromagnetic spectrum capabilities to provide commanders the ability to adapt to rapidly changing missions, conduct decentralized operations over wide areas, maintain operational freedom of maneuver, exercise mission command, and gain and maintain the initiative in cyberspace during unified land operations. Because enemies are likely to leverage cyber capabilities to enable their operations and attack and exploit the U.S. and its military forces from cyberspace, the Army must develop the ability to counter cyber threats successfully, mitigate degraded access to cyberspace, and take local actions against enemy cyber capabilities to achieve local effect. Additionally, Army forces must coordinate their efforts across the joint operational cyber framework and with interagency partners, allies, and commercial industry.


Via AOLGovernment’s Henry Kenyon, the NSA “is launching a mobile device capability at the end of this year that will allow its personnel to securely access classified information with their smartphones and tablet computers.”  The military may get access to the same service.


Robert Olsen writes for Forbes on Huawei Founder Ren Zhengfei’s comments on cyber security.  Nothing really notable . . . apparently Ren wants to make Huawei equipment more secure/transparent.



According to ynetnews’ Ronen Bergman, Iranian hackers are “actively trying to hack Israel’s critical online systems.”


Cade Metz, for Wired, on how the NSA’s Accumulo database software “may yet be adopted by the rest of the U.S. Defense Department and other government agencies.  . . .”


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