Defense Secretary Ashton Carter revealed goals of United States cyber operations against ISIS this week. Carter says one goal is to “Black these guys out. Make them doubt their communications, make it impossible for them to dominate and tyrannize the population in the territory they are [in].” Longtime military cyber observers could not recall a previous discussion, so publicly and at such a high level, of U.S. cyber operations against an enemy.
Also this week, Carter announced the “Hack The Pentagon” initiative. The Defense Department will designate a controlled portion of its network for the exercise. Hackers can register for vetting, and then probe the designated portion of the network for vulnerabilities. The most successful hackers will be eligible for cash prizes.
Major Gen. Dale Meyerrose (USAF ret.) talked about both cyber stories on National Defense Week.
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