Showing posts with label cyber-warfare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cyber-warfare. Show all posts

Sunday, March 6, 2016


Cyber Campaign Against ISIS. This past Monday the DoD revealed that the military has launched a cyber campaign against the Islamic State that aims to disrupt its communications and operations. Read more in "Pentagon Cyber Campaign Against ISIS Signals a New Era in Warfare", March 1, 2016.

How SOF does Kill / Capture? The SOF units of the U.S. are actively engaged in operations against high-level ISIS members in Syria and Iraq. A recent news report tells us how and why these types of operations are conducted in "Kill or Capture and the Islamic State", The Soufan Group, March 4, 2016.

SOF Captures High-Level ISIS Militant. Now that a high-level militant has been captured - how long will the U.S. detain him and who does he get handed over to once interrogation is completed? Does he go to the Kurds? Maybe the Iraqi government? Or does the U.S. retain him and bring him to the states? Read more in "US Special Operations Forces Captured a 'Significant' Islamic State Militant - Now What?", by Benjamin Gilbert, V ice News, March 3, 2016.

ISIS and WMDs? Two acronyms, when put together, are downright scary. "ISIS and WMDs". Could the Islamic State build a WMD - such as a 'dirty bomb' or biological weapon? Read more in "The ISIS WMD Threat", The CIPHER Brief,  March 4, 2016.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Afghan Govt Websites Have Malware

ThreatConnect, a cybersecurity firm based in Virginia, says that its researchers found a corrupted JavaScript file used to host content on "" websites. It seems the malware, likely linked to China, has no known antivirus remedies. The firm believes that "Operation Poisoned Helmand" is linked to Chinese intelligence. The malware was found on websites for the ministries of justice, foreign affairs, education, commerce and industry, and others. Read more in "U.S. firm finds malware targeting visitors to Afghan government websites", Reuters, December 21, 2014.

Friday, February 21, 2014

FM 3-38 Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (Feb 2014)

The Army has released a new field manual that deals with Cyber Warfare. FM 3-38, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities dated February 2014 has no distribution restrictions ("Approved for public release, distribution is unlimited"). Topics in the field manual include fundamentals of cyber electromagnetic activities; roles, responsibilities, and organization; cyberspace operations; electronic warfare; spectrum management operations; operations process; integration with unified action partners; and CEMA input to operations plans and orders. While not directly applicable to the Afghan theater it may be interesting reading for some. The manual can be downloaded at the following link (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 2MBs big, and 96 pages long).
FM 3-38 Cyber Electromagnetic Activities