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US Cyber Command chief warns of ‘remote sabotage’
The top US cyberwarrior said Thursday that Pentagon networks are probed over six million times a day and expressed concern about a rise in “remote sabotage” attacks on computer systems.
General Keith Alexander, head of the newly created US Cyber Command, also said developing a real-time picture of threats to US military networks and the rules to fight back would be among his priorities.
Alexander, who also heads the National Security Agency, the super secret US surveillance agency, said Pentagon systems are “probed by unauthorized users approximately 250,000 times an hour, over six million times a day.”
In his first public remarks since assuming command of Cyber Command two weeks ago, Alexander said the US military “depends on its networks for command and control, communications, intelligence, operations and logistics.”
“We at the Department of Defense have more than seven million machines to protect linked-in 15,000 networks,” he said in a speech to cybersecurity experts and reporters at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The role of US Cyber Command is to “deter, detect and defend against emerging threats against our nation in cyberspace,” Alexander said.
“Our nation’s interests are in jeopardy,” he said citing “tremendous vulnerabilities” and threats from a “growing array of foreign actors, terrorists, criminal groups and individual hackers.”
“Cyberspace has become a critical enabler for all elements of national and military power,” Alexander said. “Our data must be protected.”
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