U.S. Military's Elite Hacker Crew

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    We have such a bad-ass Military:

    The U.S. military has assembled the world's most formidable hacker posse: a super-secret, multimillion-dollar weapons program that may be ready to launch bloodless cyberwar against enemy networks -- from electric grids to telephone nets.

    The group's existence was revealed during a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last month. Military leaders from U.S. Strategic Command, or Stratcom, disclosed the existence of a unit called the Joint Functional Component Command for Network Warfare, or JFCCNW.

    In simple terms and sans any military jargon, the unit could best be described as the world's most formidable hacker posse. Ever.

    The JFCCNW is charged with defending all Department of Defense networks. The unit is also responsible for the highly classified, evolving mission of Computer Network Attack, or as some military personnel refer to it, CNA.

    But aside from that, little else is known. One expert on cyber warfare said considering the unit is a "joint command," it is most likely made up of personnel from the CIA, National Security Agency, FBI, the four military branches, a smattering of civilians and even military representatives from allied nations.

    "They are a difficult nut to crack," said Dan Verton, a former U.S. Marine intelligence officer. "They're very reluctant to talk about operations." Verton is author of the book Black Ice, which investigates the threats cyber terrorism and vandalism could have on military and financial networks.

    Verton said the Defense Department talks often about the millions it spends on defending its networks, which were targeted last year nearly 75,000 times with intrusion attempts. But the department has never admitted to launching a cyber attack -- frying a network or sabotaging radar -- against an enemy, he said.

    Verton said the unit's capabilities are highly classified, but he believes they can destroy networks and penetrate enemy computers to steal or manipulate data. He said they may also be able to set loose a worm to take down command-and-control systems so the enemy is unable to communicate and direct ground forces, or fire surface-to-air missiles, for example.

    Some of the U.S. military's most significant unified commands, such as Stratcom, are undergoing a considerable reorganization. Stratcom, based at the massive Offutt Air Force base in eastern Nebraska and responsible for much of the nation's nuclear arsenal, has been ordered by the Defense Department to take over the JFCCNW.

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    see - it's funny...when they hired me for the job, they said it'd be secret!

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    Anybody here every play the original "Splinter Cell?" Tom Clancy is a genious.
     
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    Will 2013 be the year of cyberwar?...
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    Nations prepare for cyber war
    January 7, 2013: Security analysts are predicting that 2013 is when nation-sponsored cyberwarfare goes mainstream - and some think such attacks will lead to actual deaths.
     
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    The attack suggests a form of encryption may have been cracked...
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    'Red October' cyber-attack found by Russian researchers
    14 January 2013 : A major cyber-attack that may have been stealing confidential documents since 2007 has been discovered by Russian researchers.

     
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    Super secret you say?
     
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    Rules of engagement for U.S. forces for cyberwar...
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    Cyberwar manual lays down rules for online attacks
    Mar 19,`13 -- Even cyberwar has rules, and one group of experts is putting out a manual to prove it.
     

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