U.S. Cyber Command has uploaded a sample of malware that is associated with a North Korean advanced persistent threat group and designed to perform data exfiltration through a backdoor, TechCrunch reported Friday.Read More »
Department of Defense officials said the U.S. Air Force developed the first iteration of a cyber platform designed to help cyber forces perform mission planning, share information and deliver command-and-control systems to support cyber missions, Fifth Domain reported Monday. A spokesman for the Air Force said the service handed over to U.S. Cyber Command the first increment of the Unified Platform April 9. Increment 1 features capabilities for interoperability and defensive cyber operations.Read More »
The Government Accountability Office found gaps in how the U.S. Cyber Command will implement plans to transfer responsibilities to train and maintain members of the Cyber Mission Force to military service branches. GAO released a report on Wednesday highlighting the challenges facing the unit's transition.
Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, director of the National Security Agency and head of Cyber Command, reportedly made a recommendation to split the two agencies in 2020, Defense One reported Wednesday. Former and current intelligence officials said Nakasone proposed the move to James Mattis, the former defense secretary, in August 2018. Pentagon officials are expected to approve the change.Read More »
The cyber national mission force has uploaded unclassified malware samples to the VirusTotal website as part of its effort to share identified cyber vulnerabilities with industry, U.S. Cyber Command reported Monday. CNMF also created a Twitter account to alert the cybersecurity community when it posts malicious software, computer viruses and other cyber threats on the website.Read More »
Report: Chris Inglis Emerges as Pentagon Chief’s Pick to Lead NSA Should Split From Cybercom Advance
Chris Inglis, former deputy National Security Agency director, has turned up to be the top candidate to lead NSA should Defense Secretary James Mattis decide to split the agency from U.S. Cyber Command, The Washington Post reported Friday. Some sources told the publication the Pentagon chief was close to deciding on a plan to separate the dual-hat arrangement but decided to reconsider after Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of NSA and Cybercom, expressed concerns to Mattis about Cybercom’s capacity to operate on its own should the split push through.Read More »