The Best Defense Is a Strong Defense. Never Fight a Land War in Cyberspace.

Summary: Why defense experts obsess about the relative advantages of different military hardware (e.g., the A-10 vs the F-35), the US has unleashed the tools of cyberwar on Iran. We can expect more in the future, begun by friends and foes. So let's learn the rules. Today Marcus Ranum explains the nature of attack and … Continue reading The Best Defense Is a Strong Defense. Never Fight a Land War in Cyberspace.

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The horror of cyberspace: we can’t easily identify our attackers.

Summary: In this last of Marcus Ranum's 2 posts about identifying cyber-attackers, he explains why the usual methods we read in the news are quite fallible -- no matter how confidently they're stated. Our difficulty with this is a common if scary aspect of modern warfare and crime.  {2nd of 2 posts today.} Attribution is … Continue reading The horror of cyberspace: we can’t easily identify our attackers.

How do we identify our attackers in cyberspace?

Summary: The news overflows with confident identification of cyberattackers. Today we have an account of hacking from a defender's perspective, explaining the difficulty of attribution, written by our co-author Marcus Ranum. After reading this, you'll regard the news about these things more skeptically. {2nd of 2 posts today.} By Marcus Ranum, Senior Strategist at Tenable … Continue reading How do we identify our attackers in cyberspace?

In cyberspace you don’t see your attacker (that’s why we don’t know who hacked Sony).

Our hawks (aka warmongers), with their loyal journalist-enablers, have sparked a new round of hysteria about North Korea's cyber-attack on Sony. Kim Zetter at Wired gives a good analysis in "North Korea Almost Certainly Did Not Hack Sony". The Hollywood Report cites insiders pointing to disgruntled current or former employees (Sony has many of both). … Continue reading In cyberspace you don’t see your attacker (that’s why we don’t know who hacked Sony).

Cruel, deliberate, and unusually vicious. It’s us.

Summary: Today, one of the bloggers that I follow regularly linked to Charles Pierce's angry opinion piece on the State Of Oklahoma's execution of Clayton Lockett: Barbarians In Oklahoma. Because I've recently been under a general anaesthetic for surgery, I was curious and decided on a whim to look up the drugs used in the … Continue reading Cruel, deliberate, and unusually vicious. It’s us.

The Empire Strikes Back: The Demonization of Snowden Begins

Summary: Marcus Ranum, our in-house cyber-expert, looks at the next stage of the government's defense against the revelations of NSA surveillance. Like the surveillance itself, they rely on non-governmental agents to get the job done. I'm sure we're all shocked to see attempts to downplay the significance of the PRISM story. What's that you say? … Continue reading The Empire Strikes Back: The Demonization of Snowden Begins

Someone call Nixon’s plumbers. We need them again.

Summary: Marcus Ranum looks to our past -- the government's history of surveillance -- to see the future which the government's vast surveillance machinery makes possible, and perhaps will help bring into being. . The NSA Doppleganger and Enemies The Nation currently has an excellent piece on some of the history of surveillance in the … Continue reading Someone call Nixon’s plumbers. We need them again.