Feeds

CIA plays cyberwar game

All quiet on the Silent Horizon

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Website security in corporate America

The CIA is running a cyber wargame this week designed to test how effective authorities would be in withstanding an orchestrated hacking attack. The three-day exercise - called Silent Horizon - is based on an imagined attack on US systems by a fictional coalition of anti-globalisation protestors set five years in the future.

AP reports that the exercise was run by the CIA's Information Operations Centre, the agency division charged with evaluating foreign threats to critical infrastructure systems in the US, in a military facility in Charlottesville, Virginia. The game involved about 75 government and private sector participants.

"These are people who could likely be affected or enlisted in a real situation," an unnamed intelligence official told Reuters. "Its goal is to help the United States recognize indicators of a large-scale cyberattack."

Previous cyberwar exercises have demonstrated that electronic systems are fairly robust in withstanding attack, contrary to the overblown fears of an electronic Pearl Harbour that circulate from time to time. A bigger concern is that terrorists might combine physical attacks, such as bombings, with electronic attacks designed to hamper rescue efforts. ®

Related stories

Mock cyberwar fails to end mock civilization
US.gov warns script kiddies to stay out of cyberwar
'Saddam my part in his downfall' by Microsoft military guru

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
More alleged private, nude celeb pics appear online
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares
Senior Lib Dem in 'trying to be relevant' shocker. It's only taxpayers' money, after all
Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables
Why mess with armoured 10kV cables when land-based, and legal, snoop tools are easier?
TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab
Be afeared, me hearties, these scoundrels be spying our signals
Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign
Claim of tapped undersea cable refuted by Kiwi PM as Kim claims extradition plot
Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach
Miscreants probably got in, you guys know the drill by now
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha
A good day for privacy as invisble.im also reveals its approach to untraceable chats
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.