Friday, March 30, 2007

Report: Military developing web attack capabilities

Most modern militaries across the world rely heavily on computerized operations, such the Tanker Airlift Control Center at Scott AFB, Ill., the nerve center of 24-hour-a-day global mobility operations for the U.S.

The U.S. military has been quietly developing capabilities to attack enemy computer networks, including hacking into terrorist Web sites, military officials and experts say.

The move comes as al-Qaida and other groups fighting in Iraq and elsewhere have expanded their activities on the Internet and increased the sophistication and volume of their videos and messages. Much of the material is designed to raise money and recruit fighters for Iraq.

“You should not let them operate uncontested” on the Internet and elsewhere in cyberspace, said Marine Brig. Gen. John Davis, who heads a military command located at the National Security Agency. The command was established to develop capabilities to attack computer networks.

Read the rest at Marine Corps Times