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US intelligence blabs classified Linux VM to world via leaky S3 silo

Updated A classified toolkit for potentially accessing US military intelligence networks was left exposed to the public internet, for anyone to find, according to security researchers today. A Linux-based virtual machine designed to safely receive and handle secret material, and connect to protected Pentagon computers, was discovered …
Iain Thomson, 28 Nov 2017
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Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing "dozens of terabytes" of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest. The archives were found by UpGuard's veteran security-breach …
Iain Thomson, 17 Nov 2017
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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

Vid Lockheed Martin says it is ready to deliver its most powerful laser weapon yet to the US military. This Death-Star-on-wheels can shoot down drones, missiles, and similar stuff, we're told. The American weapons conglomerate self-funded the building of a 30kW test system and then scaled the design up. The 60kW version is mounted …
Iain Thomson, 17 Mar 2017
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Northrop wins $55bn contract for next-gen bomber – as America says bye-bye to B-52

The US Department of Defense has announced that Northrup Grumman will be supplying its next generation of Long Range Strike Bomber (LRSB) to replace the aging B-52 and B-2 fleets. Youtube video "Over the past century, no nation has used air power to accomplish its global reach -- to compress time and space -- like the United …
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2015

US military personnel investigated for splashing $96,576 on strippers

An investigation is underway as to whether US military personnel tried to get the government to foot the bill for a total of $96,576 (£63,268) spent on strippers in Las Vegas. The Pentagon's Inspector General is also looking into claims the personnel tried to expense $952,258 (£623,838) spent in casinos. The claims first …
Kat Hall, 25 Sep 2015
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US military says it will discipline Ashley Madison users

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said the military will investigate email addresses signed up to the Ashley Madison website to determine if improper conduct has taken place. Military.com reports Carter saying "Yes, the services are looking into it, as well they should be. Of course it's an issue because conduct is very …
Iain Thomson, 21 Aug 2015

Doubts cast on Islamic State's so-called leak of US .mil, .gov passwords

Updated Islamic State's frothing fanatics have leaked online what they claim to be the email addresses and plaintext passwords of 1,500 American military personnel – including CIA staff. The details include full names, email addresses, unencrypted passwords, ZIP codes, places of work, and telephone numbers. They come in a format that …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Aug 2015

'Space bubbles' may have helped Taliban down 'copter in bloody Afghanistan battle

The world has been treated to all sorts of excuses about why the United States and its allies from the UK and elsewhere failed to win the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Now boffins have put forward the bizarre suggestion that one of the Yanks' most infamous defeats was actually caused by a phenomenon called space bubbles. Lead …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Sep 2014
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US cyber-army's cyber-warriors 'cyber-humiliated by cyber-civvies in cyber-games'

The US military held a series of online war games to pit reservist hackers against its active-duty cyber-warriors – and the results weren't pretty for the latter, we're told. US Military hacking team "Have you tried turning it off and then on again?" "The active-duty team didn’t even know how they’d been attacked. They …
Iain Thomson, 5 Aug 2014
A soldier equipped with the latest iteration of Land Warrior. Credit: GD C4 Systems

US soldiers preparing for civilian life taught coding skills by Microsoft

Microsoft has launched a new program aimed at teaching programming skills to active-duty US soldiers as they transition out of the military. Dubbed the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA), the program is a 16-week course designed specifically to prepare veterans for certifications in such fields as software engineering …
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US military's non-lethal weapon plans revealed

Details of the US military’s wish-list for non-lethal devices have been published online and show some interesting new technologies, as well as some more familiar ones that are to be beefed up. The non-lethal weapons (NLW) book was posted online by researchers at Public Intelligence, and covers both existing weapons currently …
Iain Thomson, 4 Jan 2012
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Brit PhD student excels in Pentagon digi-forensics challenge

A computer science student from Lancaster University has become the UK winner of the digital forensics challenge, a global competition designed and hosted by the US Department of Defense. Christopher Richardson (AKA Ikarus) came first in the UK and ninth internationally among 1,791 competitors from 52 countries. The challenge …
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2011
The Register breaking news

US general: 'We're cleared to cyber-bomb enemy hackers'

The US military is now legally in the clear to launch offensive operations in cyberspace, the commander of the US Strategic Command has said. "I do not believe that we need new explicit authorities to conduct offensive operations of any kind," Air Force General Robert Kehler told Reuters. But he added that the military was …
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Fort Knox military cops disgusted with solar patrol carts

US military police stationed at Fort Knox, home among other things to the United States Bullion Depository, are reportedly none too pleased at having to patrol in rather feeble solar-powered electric golf carts in line with Pentagon efforts to be more environmentally friendly. The solar powered patrol vehicle employed by the …
Lewis Page, 18 Aug 2011
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UK gov 'draws US attention' to Bradley Manning concerns

The UK government has formally raised concerns with the USA regarding the treatment of the imprisoned US soldier Bradley Manning, who is charged with various offences under military regulations and the US criminal code. It is widely believed - though not proven - that Manning was the source of much of the classified US …
Lewis Page, 5 Apr 2011
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Supply ships used to push ISS clear of sat-smash debris

The International Space Station was given a shove by supply ships docked to it over the weekend in order to evade a cloud of high-velocity orbital shrapnel created when a Russian military satellite crashed into an Iridium comsat in 2009. Aviation Week reports that astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the station fired three …
Lewis Page, 4 Apr 2011
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Giant 5-year-mission aerial wing-ship to fly in 2011

US military plans to build a mighty unmanned wing-ship able to cruise the stratosphere on flights lasting five years have moved forward with the announcement that flight tests of the "Vulture II" prototype are expected to commence next year. Vulture II is being produced by US aerospace mammoth Boeing, building on its …
Lewis Page, 11 Mar 2011
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First reports on XM-25 Judge Dredd smartgun in A'Stan

First reports are emerging on the performance of the futuristic, Judge Dredd style XM-25 computer smartgun, which went into combat with frontline US troops in Afghanistan in December. The hi-tech rifle - almost a portable artillery piece - is said to have been dubbed "the Punisher" by soldiers who have used it. A soldier aims …
Lewis Page, 10 Feb 2011

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