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[News] [Rival] United States Army Cracked, Microsoft Windows Likely Culprit

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Anti-U.S. Hackers Infiltrate Army Servers 

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| The hacks are troubling in that they appear to have rendered useless 
| supposedly sophisticated Defense Department tools and procedures designed to 
| prevent such breaches. The department and its branches spend millions of 
| dollars each year on pricey security and antivirus software and employ 
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| legions of experts to deploy and manage the tools.    


Pentagon Plans New Arm to Wage Wars in Cyberspace 

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| The Pentagon plans to create a new military command for cyberspace, 
| administration officials said Thursday, stepping up preparations by the armed 
| forces to conduct both offensive and defensive computer warfare.  
| [...]
| “It’s the domestic spying problem writ large,” one senior intelligence 
| official said recently. “These attacks start in other countries, but they 
| know no borders. So how do you fight them if you can’t act both inside and 
| outside the United States?”    



Computer Virus Hits U.S. Military Base in Afghanistan

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| The largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan was hit by a computer virus
| earlier this month that affected nearly three quarters of the computers on
| the base, U.S. News has learned.


Worm Spawns Huge New Botnet

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| The worm exploiting a critical Windows bug that Microsoft Corp. patched with
| an emergency fix in late October is being used to build a new botnet, a
| security researcher said Monday.
| Ivan Macalintal, a senior research engineer with Trend Micro Inc. , said that
| the worm, which his company has dubbed "Downad.a" -- it's
| called "Conficker.a" by Microsoft and "Downadup" by Symantec Corp. -- is a
| key component in a new botnet that criminals are creating.



James Allchin

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| In relation to the issue of sharing technical API and protocol
| information used throughout Microsoft products, which the
| states were seeking, Allchin alleged that releasing this
| information would increase the security risk to consumers.
|        "It is no exaggeration to say that the national security is
|        also implicated by the efforts of hackers to break into
|        computing networks. Computers, including many running Windows
|        operating systems, are used throughout the United States
|        Department of Defense and by the armed forces of the United
|        States in Afghanistan and elsewhere."
|        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| In May 2004, Judge J. Frederick Motz ordered Microsoft to
| investigate Burst.com's claim that, in 2000, Allchin ordered
| Microsoft employees to destroy email after 30 days and not to
| archive their email, suggesting that this deletion policy
| might be an effort to eliminate material that would later be
| damaging in court. This case was settled out of court in March
| 2005, with Microsoft agreeing to pay Burst.com $60 million
| for nonexclusive rights to Burst.com's media player software.

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