Adversaries?! Whoda Thought!

Posted: June 17, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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The Washington Post reports on a new cyberpilot program:

Three of the nation’s largest Internet service providers are cooperating with a new National Security Agency program to sift through the traffic of major defense contractors with the goal of blocking cyberattacks by foreign adversaries, senior defense and industry officials say.

I thought we had matured beyond the old-fashioned idea that we actually have adversaries.  Aren’t these really better described as unrealized friending opportunities?

The novel program, which began last month on a voluntary, trial basis, relies on sophisticated NSA data sets to identify malicious programs slipped into the vast stream of Internet data flowing to the nation’s largest defense firms. Such attacks, including one last month against Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin, are nearly constant as rival nations and terrorist groups seek access to U.S. military secrets.

“Malicious programs” and “rival nations”?!  When the GWOT was replaced with the kindler and gentle Overseas Contingency Operations moniker I thought all this was behind us.

In case I’m having a bad dream about cyberattacks and the likes, please have the unicorns wake me up with their gentle songs of peace and love.

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