Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It

By Richard A. Clarke

Author of the number one New York Times bestseller Against All Enemies, former presidential consultant and counter-terrorism professional Richard A. Clarke sounds a well timed and chilling caution approximately America’s vulnerability in a terrifying new foreign conflict—Cyber War! each involved American should still learn this startling and explosive publication that gives an insider’s view of White residence ‘Situation Room’ operations and contains the reader to the frontlines of our cyber protection. Cyber War exposes a virulent chance to our nation’s safeguard. this is often no X-Files fable or conspiracy conception madness—this is real.

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Humans additionally confer with these rooms as “the vault. ” entry to those terminals is extra constrained due to their place, however the info flowing at the community nonetheless has to move throughout fiber-optic cables and during routers and servers, simply as with every different community. Routers might be attacked to chop communications. The utilized in pcs, servers, routers, and switches can all be compromised on the element of manufacture or in a while. hence, we can't suppose that even this community is trustworthy. less than the CNCI plan, DoD is launched into an intensive software to improve safety on all 3 different types of networks. a few of what's being performed is classed, a lot of it truly is dear, and a few of it is going to take many years. a true chance is using high-bandwidth lasers to hold communications to and from satellites. Assuming the satellites have been safe from hacking, any such method would scale back the vulnerabilities linked to fiber-optic cable and routers strung out world wide. There are, despite the fact that, a number of very important layout innovations utilizing at present to be had expertise that are meant to be incorporated within the DoD improve application speedy, and they're now not price range busters: as well as conserving the community itself, shield the top issues; set up computer firewalls and antivirus and intrusion-prevention software program on all pcs on all DoD networks, whether they are hooked up to the net; require all clients on all DoD networks to turn out who they're once they join up via a minimum of elements of authentication; section the networks into subnets with constrained “need to grasp” entry principles for connecting out of the subnets; transcend the present constrained perform of bulk encrypting, which scrambles all site visitors because it strikes on trunk fiber cables, and encrypt all records on all desktops, together with info at relaxation in data-storage servers; visual display unit all networks for brand new unauthorized connections to the community, instantly shutting off unknown units. no matter if its networks are safe, DoD runs the chance that the software program and/or it has operating its guns structures might be compromised. we all know the plans for the hot F-35 fighter have been stolen by means of hack right into a safety contractor. What if the hacker additionally additional to the plans, maybe a hidden application that reasons the airplane to malfunction within the air whilst it gets a definite command which may be radioed in from an enemy fighter? good judgment bombs like that may be hidden within the hundreds of thousands of traces of code at the F-35, or within the many items of firmware and computing device that run the plane. As one pilot instructed me, “Aircraft nowadays, even if it’s the F-22 Raptor or the Boeing 787…all they're is a number of software program that occurs to be flying during the air. Mess with the software program and it stops flying during the air. ” i presumed of the Air France Airbus that crashed within the South Atlantic simply because its machine made a improper choice. the pc chips U. S. guns use, in addition to a few of the pcs or their elements, are made in different international locations.

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