Pentagon Issues Request for Information from Hackers

Pentagon issues request for information from hackers

When learning about cyber shenanigans, who better to turn to than the hackers themselves? That’s the strategy that the Pentagon is taking with its newly issued request for information from hackers to create “cyber effects”, according to an article on NextGov.

Through the projection of cyber effects, the intent is to penetrate, interfere with or disrupt the target's network. “A basic example of a ‘cyber effect’ would be ‘malicious software gets on your computer and the effect is the screen goes black’,” cybersecurity analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies James Lewis told NextGov.

The article also cites a strategic plan from Navy Fleet Cyber Command indicating that the Navy is looking to hackers to arm itself on the cyber landscape. According to NexGov, the plan, issued May 6, stresses the need for the Navy to incorporate cyber and space effects as “an integral component” of its arsenal, to allow for launch capabilities from around the globe.

A cyberweapon is a popular term to cover anything from spyware to destructive or malicious code. By weaponizing cyber effects, new legal quandaries and needs for distinct definitions are arising, says NextGov, who quotes retired Col. Gary Brown, former legal adviser at U.S. Cyber Command, and Lt. Col. Andrew O. Metcalf, former legal adviser to U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command. Both Brown and Metcalf wrote an article in the 2014 Journal of National Security Law and Policy, "because both procurement and use of a 'weapon' are dependent on its first being subject to legal review, it is crucial that the proper definition for cyberweaponry be chosen." If the definition is too narrow, it could lead to failure to comply with international law, said Brown and Metcalf, but too broad a standard opens the door to espionage.


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