AF is unaffected by spam attacks after bombing

AF is unaffected by spam attacks after bombing

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

MONTGOMERY, Ala.'Spam attacks from Chinese IP addresses after the May 7 NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, did not disrupt Air Force operations, an official said recently.

Saying Defense Department networks are targets of information warfare attacks, Lt. Gen. William J. Donahue, the Air Force's deputy chief information officer, revealed at the Air Force Information Technology Conference that Air Force officials had successfully blocked the spam attacks.

The exact source of the attacks is unknown, although Air Force officials know that numerous Chinese IP addresses were used, said Capt. Joe Dellavedova, a service spokesman.

'This is kind of old news,' Dellavedova said, but Air Force officials had not publicly revealed that they suspected the Chinese had launched cyberattacks after the mistaken bombing in Belgrade, which killed three people and wounded 27.

The spam attacks have reinforced the Air Force's commitment to continue developing security tools and procedures, Dellavedova said. 'This is a new dimension of warfighting nowadays,' he said.

The service's policy is to block attacks, identify the source of the attacks and pursue the apprehension and prosecution of any criminals involved, he said.

'We have quality people' who work to ensure that such attacks don't affect operations, Dellavedova said.

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