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Hackers Swipe Terabytes of Sensitive Pentagon Data

Apparently the has been hacked multiple times.  Nice :(  Way to go with maintaining our pointy tip of the spear.  You develop, we rip it from you.  Billions in R&D lost.  However if I was on the other side of the fence, and I had the capabilities I would steal it from you to if I knew you were too gutless to stop me or fight back.

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This is entirely possible.  I was on a proactive malware seek and destroy digital forensics team for a major defense contractor where we found some of our workers doing DEVELOPMENT work via AirForce Virtual Private Network remote access on small little systems such as AirForce One, the B-52, the Prowler and other air based electronic attack platforms and systems.

The developer was going out getting all kinds of little opensource and development tools and using them in his work, and somehow got all munged up with a malware infestation. Needless to say we escalated that quickly however it amplifies the seriousness of if you get compromised and what can happen.

Firms like Northrop, Lockheed, BAE, Boeing are supposed to be the best in the cyber business but with firms so large and expertise so sparse, you cant guard everything all the time constantly.  Theres lots of technical solutions for things however budgets are sparse and will is low, and Beauracracy is RAMPANT.  Process and Rules choke out agility and innovation.

At the end of the day I believe game changers are needed to begin the targeted and offensive attacks of known cyber operators that are doing this for profit and espinage gain.  I mean doing really bad things to these people and their systems and organizations.

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The gauntlet is thrown, you have been slapped, what the fuck are you going to do about it…

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