Defense IT


DOD develops Web apps to fight pirates (the real kind)

An international effort by the Defense Department and the U.S. Navy is developing Web-based applications that will let allied navies share data in the fight against piracy on the high seas.

DOD still has penchant for BlackBerry 7 devices

New Defense Department approval means personnel can now use the BlackBerry 7 line of products across the department's enterprise network.

'Unknowns' hack NASA, Air Force, saying 'We're here to help'

A new gray hat hacker group hits 10 organizations, including three U.S. government sites and one at Harvard, saying it wants to promote better security.

DARPA wants gamers to design medical training software

DARPA is looking at the gaming industry to help it design medical training and education software for use on mobile devices.

90 percent of 'secure' HTTPS sites are vulnerable, study finds

A nonprofit initiative to check on SSL implementations finds that 75 percent of those sites are vulnerable to a BEAST attack, and only 10 percent are secure.

The real threat: China, Iran or our own weaknesses?

Forget Russia, China and Iran. The real threat to critical infrastructure is a failure to address security fundamentals in the design and operation of U.S. systems, says one analyst.

NASA looks to space for better earthquake data

The agency is testing READI, which uses satellites to detect minute changes in GPS-enabled ground stations, providing real-time data on quakes and better tsunami predictions.

Iran a more dangerous cyber threat than China or Russia, experts tell Congress

Iran's willingness to attack the United States and its plans for cyber war capability make it a serious threat, a panel of experts said during a House hearing.

DARPA aims to replace regular satellites with floating clusters

The Defense Department's research agency seeks to build clusters of small spacecraft that work together and share information.

Major cyberattack on US 'inevitable,' experts tell Congress

Without government mandates to secure critical infrastructure, a damaging cyberattack on the nation will happen, experts tell a House panel.

Air Force wants unhackable comm, like in 'Mass Effect 3'

Researchers funded by the Air Force are exploring using "quantum memories" to secure long-range communications. Where have we seen that before?

Navy UAS program still flying high despite recent crashes

The Navy is forging ahead with key unmanned aircraft systems programs while trying to figure out what caused two of its Fire Scouts to crash recently.