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13 July 2009


North Korea army behind South web attack: report
from Reuters: Internet News
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's military is behind a series of cyber attacks against South Korean and U.S. websites that slowed or disabled access by saturating them with traffic this week, a South Korean news report said on Saturday.



US Ignored Warnings of Cyber Attack
from Defense Tech by lowe

The U.S. Government now admits they did not properly handle the situation. Sources have revealed that the South Korean government knew in advance that the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that hit multiple web sites of major institutions in South Korea had begun earlier in the United States.

Late last week South Korea's intelligence agency briefed its lawmakers on circumstantial and technical evidence behind their belief that North Korea was behind the recent cyber attacks. Other intelligence sources went as far as to state that Kim Chong Un, the third son of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, was the mastermind of the cyber attacks that have hit government computers in the United States, South Korea and other some 14 other countries.



Bloggers test boundaries in Saudi Arabia
from Reuters: Internet News
JEDDAH (Reuters) - Armed with a computer, an internet connection and his own intellect Ahmed Al-Omran is one of a few Saudi bloggers trying to push for change and make themselves heard in the conservative Gulf Arab monarchy.



Smoke 'Em... If You Can Get 'Em
from Op For by Lt Col P

One big fat bad, very bad, idea is festering in DOD: "Tobacco Ban Urged On Military".

WASHINGTON — Pentagon health experts are urging Defense Secretary Robert Gates to ban the use of tobacco by troops and end its sale on military property, a change that could dramatically alter a culture intertwined with smoking.

Jack Smith, head of the Pentagon's office of clinical and program policy, says he will recommend that Gates adopt proposals by a federal study that cites rising tobacco use and higher costs for the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs as reasons for the ban.

The study by the Institute of Medicine, requested by the VA and Pentagon, calls for a phased-in ban over a period of years, perhaps up to 20. "We'll certainly be taking that recommendation forward," Smith says.

I am not a cigarette smoker, nor a chewer or dipper. I enjoy a cigar now and then, and a pipe too. But "now and then" in my case means "every three or four months". However, I recognize that for some of our servicemen (and service'men) the one thing they need is a smoke. Especially, say, at the end of a long patrol, or a particularly tough fight. In a place where they can't drink. Or screw. And where there are no days off. And no showers.

People in these situations need some sort of release, yes, some sort of mild vice. I'm not for issuing them tobacco rations, but I think a ban is an enormously bad idea.



Program Aims to Deliver Unprecedented Surveillance Capability
By Donna Miles from American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2009 – A giant, unmanned airship capable of hovering at about 70,000 feet promises to give future warfighters an unprecedented eye on the battlefield.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Integrated Sensor is Structure program, ISIS for short, will provide a detailed, real-time picture of all movement on or above the battlefield. Defense DoD graphic courtesy of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

As envisioned, the ISIS airship will be able to track troop movements – friendly as well as enemy – up to 180 miles away and track the most advanced cruise missiles from about 370 miles away.

It also will be able to watch ground targets through heavily forested areas, a capability not possible without the huge ultra-high-frequency antenna ISIS will provide.




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