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12 Apr 17. Mike Rogers Wants To Buy Cyber Weapons ‘Off The Shelf.’ The head of US Cyber Command and the NSA, Mike Rogers (pictured), has talked about the US buying cyber-weapons from arms manufacturers.
“In the application of kinetic functionality, weapons, we go to the private sector and say, ‘Build this thing we call a joint directed-attack munition, a Tomahawk land-attack munition.’ he said.
“On the offensive side, to date, we have done almost all of our weapons development internally. And part of me goes, five to ten years from now is that a long-term sustainable model? Does that enable you to access fully the capabilities resident in the private sector? I’m still trying to work my way through that, intellectually.”
Businesses already flog exploits, security vulnerability details, spyware, and similar stuff to US intelligence agencies, and Rogers is clearly considering stepping that trade up a notch.
Already, Third World countries are buying from cyber-weapons arms manufacturers. This suggests that the US will be doing that in the future. (Source: Cyber Security Intelligence/Schneier On Security)
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12 Apr 17. Russian Cyber Warfare: ‘Victory in Syria’. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (pictured) has spoken out to promote Russia’s military successes.
In previous years, Shoigu as well as his predecessors addressed plenary sessions of the Russian Parliament, the Duma behind closed doors; those proceedings were always declared state secrets, and deputies were instructed not to disclose anything to journalists.
But recently, Shoigu’s address and question time in front of Russian legislators were open to the press and streamed live on the Internet by the Ministry of Defense.
Speaking before the youth forum, Shoigu asserted that Russia has achieved a resounding military-political victory in Syria by defeating the opposition, which was armed by the United States and its allies.
He added that the wave of so-called “colored” pro-democracy revolutions, allegedly sponsored by the West, has been decisively crushed and reversed by heroic Russian soldiers fighting in Syria. Yugoslavia, Georgia, Iraq, Ukraine and Libya have been the victims of Western-sponsored pro-democracy “colored revolution” insurgencies, according to Shoigu.
He asserted that while opposition fighters and mercenaries in Syria have been receiving arms and munitions from abroad, Russian weapons and soldiers have stabilised the situation by supporting the legitimate government in Damascus.
In his speech before the Duma, the defense minister declared the mission in Syria accomplished: The possible overthrow of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad h