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Monday, October 27, 2008

Army defense task force targeting hackers

The U.S. Army has set up a task force to counter the theft of sensitive data by hackers breaking into the computer networks of military contractors.  The Defense Industrial Base Cyber-Security Task Force was quietly established earlier this year, in the face of what an Army document says are continuing large-scale thefts of “controlled unclassified information” from contractor systems.

The document, produced in August for the Pentagon’s department for acquisition, technology and logistics and first reported last week by Inside Defense, says that the task force will also address the fact that the increasing use of non-U.S.

A report last year from the Defense Science Board warned that the globalization of the supply chain, with software for high-technology systems increasingly developed outside the United States, created targets for unfriendly countries or other U.S. adversaries.

Posted on 10/27