Feeds

US 'war czar' to attack internet safe havens

Log off, Abdul! War On Terror goes digital

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The White House has at last managed to find a general willing to become "war czar". The administration had been having difficulty filling its new post, formally titled "assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan policy and implementation."

At least three senior military officers have reportedly turned down the job. One of them, retired Marine full general Jack Sheehan, went public last month saying he hadn't fancied becoming war czar because he didn't think the Bush administration had any coherent regional policy.

Now, however, the President's men have managed to recruit lieutenant-general Douglas Lute, a relatively unknown Washington player.

As war czar he will have powers to coordinate the efforts of different US government departments and help obtain a good result for America in war-torn Southwest Asia.

And the good general has some interesting views - particularly on the technology front - as evidenced in this article.

"We can kill and capture the enemy and go after the camps," Lute said. "But the intangible parts of the network defy a conventional approach.

"They have a safe haven on the internet," he went on. "No one in the US military has been tasked with the mission of attacking these intangibles. Until we do they will operate with impunity.

"You need a network to defeat a network."

There isn't any doubt that Lute would like to go after al-Qaeda, the Taleban, Mehdi Army et al specifically on the internet. As war czar, he might well be able to get such ideas implemented.

"This war is more about will and perception than firepower," he said. "We have concluded that, in that sense, we are not equipped to attack the enemy. We must attack the intangible part of the network if we are going to win."

It'll be interesting to see how these ideas get implemented now that Lute has leapfrogged his superiors at the Joint Chiefs and speaks with the Commander-in-Chief's voice.

The internet may be about to become a more dangerous place. It's to be hoped that Lute can manage to avoid any cases of friendly fire as he launches his digital assault. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods
Not just web servers under threat - though TENS of THOUSANDS have been hit
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole
Update your gear now to avoid early attacks hitting the web
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Who.is does the Harlem Shake
Blame it on LOLing XSS terroristas
Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'
Want to register that domain? We're way ahead of you.
Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished
UK data watchdog rolls up its sleeves, polishes truncheon
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
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?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.