Government Hackers Train for Attacks

So You Say that You Want to Get in the CyberFIGHT...

washington_post_logoEveryone needs a place to get good at what they do. How will CyberWarriors get realistic training situations for potential conflicts? The answer is Cyber Ranges. These virualized environments allow the simulation of millions of users, along with the Critical Infrastructure of a city or country. By gaining knowledge of defending against simulated attacks, we can better understand how our defenses will fare. On the other hand, where is the fun in just being a defender of a target? Cyber Warriors will be play a critical role in future warfare and will need to have the understanding of their potential targets, if a conflict escalates. 

CyberCity allows government hackers to train for attacks

(by Robert O'Harrow, Jr. at The Washington Post on 11/26/2012)

CyberCity has all the makings of a regular town. There’s a bank, a hospital and a power plant. A train station operates near a water tower. The coffee shop offers free WiFi.

But only certain people can get in: government hackers preparing for battles in cyberspace.

The town is a virtual place that exists only on computer networks run by a New Jersey-based security firm working under contract with the U.S. Air Force. Computers simulate communications and operations, including e-mail, heating systems, a railroad and an online social networking site, dubbed FaceSpace.

Think of it as something like the mock desert towns that were constructed at military facilities to help American soldiers train for the war in Iraq. But here, the soldier-hackers from the Air Force and other branches of the military will practice attacking and defending the computers and networks that run the theoretical town. In one scenario, they will attempt to take control of a speeding train containing weapons of mass destruction. (Read more...)


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