Leaving is much more difficult than entering.
Dan Elliott of Associated Press reported yesterday a news on a problem “[...] that rendered as many as 10,000 U.S. military GPS receivers useless for days is a warning to safeguard a system that enemies would love to disrupt, a defense expert says. The Air Force has not said how many weapons, planes or other systems were affected or whether any were in use in Iraq or Afghanistan. But the problem, blamed on incompatible software, highlights the military’s reliance on the Global Positioning System and the need to protect technology that has become essential for protecting troops, tracking vehicles and targeting weapons[...]” (full article at http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gp4YJHFW1EXEJiT8apgRFxg7dXwQD9G2DH680).
Greg Grant at Defense Tech commented on this remebering that “[...]
Yet, earlier this year, Colin Clark at companion site DOD Buzz, reported on public comments by Air Force chief Gen. Norton Schwartz, where he said “GPS signals are particularly vulnerable in time of war since enemies know of the reliance U.S. forces place on its highly accurate signal.” Schwartz said the military must find alternatives to GPS when operating in denied environments because of the system’s vulnerabilities. [...]“.
This could make sense, because is not the first time that someone has access to military satellites at different extent (remember talibans intercepting videos from UAV in Afghanistan or brasilian hackers accessing Navy’s satellites with home made dishes).
On the other side, everyone knows (and recent experiments such as the Unmanned X37B prove this) that space is in a way or another the theater to govern in order to obtain a strategic advantage.
What makes me think is how much we are relying on technology for our defense and civilian uses.
Within the years we have shifted from tech as a commodity to tech as a vital need and this is a problem we are not thinking to solve, neither in part neither in a whole.
A system like GPS should be safeguarded as something vital for all mankind and not be seen as a military target.
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James Niccolai at Computerworld writes an article reporting that Adobe with Acrobat reader and flash will be the next target for hackers, overtaking Microsoft, for a Mcafee source (full story at http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9142829/Adobe_will_be_top_target_for_hackers_in_2010_report_says?source=rss_news).
Doesn’t surprise me. Adobe is well spread among users (and less publicized). And especially for flash is a defacto standard and a prerequisite for many sites. And, maybe, is quite easier to hack than other platforms.
Maybe Google OS will be the target in 2012 (when hopefully will reach a maturity and spread wide enough to make the effort meaningfull).
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