cloud computing, Cyberdefense and Information Assurance, tech

Amazon’s EC2 outage may be related to cyber-attack

At the moment, I’m waiting for some sort of confirmation. But this is what I know:

Since Monday, Change.org — a site that hosts petitions and other social action efforts for others–has been the subject of a DDOS attack from China, according to Ben Rattray,  Change.org‘s founder.  They’ve been working with their hosting company and with cyber experts to help screen out the attack as much as possible, but the site was down much of yesterday.  And it’s down today, intermittently.

Interesting fact: Change.org is hosted on Amazon Web Services.

Interesting fact: AWS’ Elastic Compute Cloud data center in Northern Virginia is experiencing an outage of various services, affecting Quora, HootSuite, and other social media companies hosted on it.  That would be the same site that Change.org is hosted at primarily, since the NoVA data center is the US East region cloud.

The Chinese have been varying their attack.  Is it possible they’ve exploited Amazon’s EC2 APIs to attack now?

I haven’t heard back from Amazon.

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Defense Department, tech

Rules of engagement for cyberwarfare (Defense Systems)

From my swan song at Defense Systems:

In the face of an increasingly dangerous collection of network-enabled terrorists, politically and economically motivated hackers, and potentially adversarial countries flexing their muscle in the cyber realm, the Defense Department is in the process of creating a doctrine for waging – and preventing – war in cyberspace.

Read more on Defense Systems.

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Other Federal Agencies, Policy

DHS Cyber-czar says Federal cyber goals would be nice, thanks

Ron Beckstrom, director of DHS’s national security center, told Homeland Security conference attendees that “the end state (of a cyber security effort) is not adequately discussed”, and that the Federal government needs to set some concrete goals.”Do we want a stable Internet for commerce, for communication, for intelligence, for information-sharing or for the warfighter to have an electronic advantage in war? We need clearer directives.”

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Defense Department, tech

It's the cost, stupid, DOD's deputy asst. secretary for C3 says

[[update: be sure to look at the comments here for some sound defense of SCA.]]

Dr. Ronald Jost spoke this morning at the second day of the IDGA’s Software Radio Summit. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3 Space and Spectrum said essentially that there was a major disconnect between what industry saw as the advantage of software defined radios — the programmable radios capable of being configured for multiple types of communications and being upgraded via software– and what DOD wanted them for. While industry is dazzled by the potential to program all varieties of new custom waveforms, the DOD, he said, just wanted to use SDRs to help consolidate its communications networks toward a single, IP-based topology–and save some money on maintenance of the equipment.
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It’s the cost, stupid, DOD’s deputy asst. secretary for C3 says

[[update: be sure to look at the comments here for some sound defense of SCA.]]

Dr. Ronald Jost spoke this morning at the second day of the IDGA’s Software Radio Summit. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3 Space and Spectrum said essentially that there was a major disconnect between what industry saw as the advantage of software defined radios — the programmable radios capable of being configured for multiple types of communications and being upgraded via software– and what DOD wanted them for. While industry is dazzled by the potential to program all varieties of new custom waveforms, the DOD, he said, just wanted to use SDRs to help consolidate its communications networks toward a single, IP-based topology–and save some money on maintenance of the equipment.
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Defense Department

Preparing for "hybrid warfare" – including cyber

Marine Corps General James Mattis, commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, said in a speech on Feb 13 that the US has lost some of its edge in conventional warfare, and is “not superior in irregular warfare.” To meet the demands of this century, he said, the military has to transition toward superiority in “hybrid warfare”–being able to fight both in conventional and unconventional means.

As the blueprint for that transition, he pointed to the recently published Capstone Concept for Joint Operations (CCJO), approved by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And part of the CCJO spells out the role that space and cyberwarfare will play in a hybrid force:

Future operational success will also rely increasingly on the use of space and cyberspace. Providing adequate lift and maintaining sufficient control of the global “commons” — areas of sea, air, space, and cyberspace that belong to no one state — thus will remain a vital imperative of future joint force design.

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Preparing for “hybrid warfare” – including cyber

Marine Corps General James Mattis, commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, said in a speech on Feb 13 that the US has lost some of its edge in conventional warfare, and is “not superior in irregular warfare.” To meet the demands of this century, he said, the military has to transition toward superiority in “hybrid warfare”–being able to fight both in conventional and unconventional means.

As the blueprint for that transition, he pointed to the recently published Capstone Concept for Joint Operations (CCJO), approved by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And part of the CCJO spells out the role that space and cyberwarfare will play in a hybrid force:

Future operational success will also rely increasingly on the use of space and cyberspace. Providing adequate lift and maintaining sufficient control of the global “commons” — areas of sea, air, space, and cyberspace that belong to no one state — thus will remain a vital imperative of future joint force design.

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