Category: Cyber Warfare

  • Cargo spaceships and pipe dreams

    CDR Salamander has a scathing critique of general Hyten’s ideas for logistical spaceships and a centralized virtual combat cloud.

  • Russia invented electronic warfare – quite literally

    Electronic warfare was first utilized during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904.

  • Russia gets dedicated mobile network for military personnel

    Russia’s new phone operator “Voentelekom” specializes in cellular connections for the military. This allows more secure mobile connections but also tighter surveillance of their own employees.

  • Infrastructure projects must be smarter about cybersecurity

    Could the Washington Metro be hijacked by ransomware? Andrew Grotto has some suggestions about how to get cybersecurity back on track in infrastructure projects.

  • Russia receives new intelligence ship Ivan Khurs

    The large signals intelligence ship Ivan Khurs has now been delivered to the Russian Navy. Ivan Khurs will join the Black Sea Fleet to replace the smaller ship Liman which sank last year. The commissioning ceremony took place in Saint Petersburg, and Ivan Khurs must be expected to leave the Baltic Sea shortly.

  • Sweden builds new and larger intelligence vessel

    Sweden replaces the intelligence ship Orion with a larger and more modern version. Signals intelligence is an important part of naval operations during peacetime and in the phases of conflict before a war breaks out. The new ship will be ready in 2020.

  • Forbidding soldiers to talk on the phone doesn’t improve security

    Russia introduces rules to limit phone use in the military. The purpose is to save money on phone bills and to improve information security. The consequence may well be the opposite – worse security and wasted money on bureaucratic control.

  • Russia forbids soldiers to use social media

    New guidelines from the Russian Ministry of Defense aim to limit the access of soldiers to the internet. So far these guidelines are only recommendations, but they will be implemented in legislation soon. That reports Izvestia. Some of the recommendations are very sensible: Install software updates, don’t install suspicious apps, and use complex and unique…

  • Cyber attack targeted Lithuanian defense minister

    Defense minister Raimundas Karoblis and government institutions were the targets of a small cyber attack against Lithuania on Thursday. The attack consisted of three different elements. First institutions from the government, ministries, and embassies received emails containing an attached file with a virus. Then at 19.15 hackers took over the website and posted a…

  • A military reserve of cyber security experts

    Monica M. Ruiz argues in War on the Rocks that the Estonian voluntary Cyber Defense Unit is a model that the United States should implement. I think this is a great idea for many countries, including other countries in the Baltic region. The idea is that citizens who are specialists in cyber security or have…

  • Russian military moves from Windows to Linux

    The Russian military has decided to move away from Microsoft Windows on all computers. The decision is grounded in security concerns connected with using an operating system that is produced abroad. That reports Izvestia. Instead there will be installed a version of Astra Linux on all computers in the Russian Armed Forces. LibreOffice will be…

  • Latvia more vulnerable to disinformation than other Baltic States

    Latvia scores lower than the other Baltic States on the Disinformation Resilience Index (via Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania: who is better equipped to counter disinformation? Estonia developed noticeably higher quality of systemic responses to disinformation campaigns than the other Baltic States. Lithuanians are much less exposed to Russian media environment as Russian-speaking part of…