NSA Attacks West Point!

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  1. zachogden

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    http://www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2008/05/nsa_cyberwargames?currentPage=all

    An article I found which talks about how the NSA has been testing the security of various military academies, specifically West Point in this case. May be a bit technical for some people I thought it was a good read.

    For four days in late April, the National Security Agency -- the nation's most secretive repository of spooks, snoops and electronic eavesdroppers -- directed coordinated assaults on custom-built networks at seven of the nation's military academies, including West Point, the Army university 50 miles north of New York City.

    It was all part of the seventh annual Cyber Defense Exercise, a training event for future military IT specialists. The exercise offered a rare window into the NSA's toolkit for infiltrating, corrupting or destroying computer networks.
     
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  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    A nice little article. Part of the story they don't tell here is that Kings Point takes part in this exercise and does fairly well considering that there are no computer science/engineering majors offered as well as a lack of any other computer technical courses. I'm sure this is an awesome experience for those who are comp sci majors.
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I know USCGA, USMA, USNA, USMMA, and USAFA...but what are the other two military academies? Are we including war colleges in this?
     
  4. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    I was wondering the same thing, I just figured it would be something like Citadel and VMI. I doubt the war colleges would take part seeing as they are for post graduate work.
     
  5. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    USUHS?
     
  6. zachogden

    zachogden Member

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    I've sent the author an email through Wired's "Contact the author" page regarding this. I'll post his reply if I get one.
     
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    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Oh, definately not. Haha. I'd love to see a bunch of nurses, physicians, and scientists take part in this.
     
  8. Luigi59

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    CGA Takes The Silver, Again
    5/12/2008

    The Coast Guard Academy placed second, for the second year in a row, in the 2008 Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX). The CDX is a computer security competition designed to foster education and awareness among future military leaders about the role of information assurance (IA) in protecting the nation’s critical information systems. The exercise challenges teams of students drawn from each of the service academies with designing, building, and successfully defending a real-world computer network against simulated intrusions by a team of Department of Defense experts. The entire exercise is conducted on virtual private networks, providing a safe path for the exercise while preventing interference with real-world networks.
     
  9. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    This answers the questions from above too I think.
     
  10. zachogden

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    So AFIT won but USMA got the trophy because it's an Academy? Thanks for the info, hornetguy.
     
  11. Soylent

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    I would hope that AFIT would win, given its nature.
     

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