China Demos Hacker obtained Stealth Tech during Obama Visit

During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing, President Obama took China to task about its cyber espionage campaign against Western technology creators and innovators. And China responded by showing off the fruit of their hacker’s labor by test flying the J-31 Stealth Fighter prototype.

The J-31 (seen above) and China’s other stealth fighter, the J-20, both allegedly contain stealth technology stolen from US military contractors. Adding insult to injury, China plans on exporting the stealth fighter to nations that can not afford the American F-35.

Electronic espionage has allowed China to make very rapid advances in military & research fields and they show no sign of slowing down amidst political pressure. If anything they are expanding their attempts at an alarming rate.

As we haven’t had a lot of luck keeping Chinese hackers out of US systems, maybe it is time to create fake honeypot systems for them to attack that contain purposely flawed military designs…

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How Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Shield Works

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense shield is hard at work again intercepting militant rockets fired from Gaza to population centers in Israel. Recently Iron Dome has successfully  intercepted 70 explosive projectiles launched at Israeli cities.

But how exactly does Iron Dome work?

The YouTube video above reveals how Israel intercepts air-to-ground missiles.

Army chooses New (Old) Camouflage Pattern

Looks like the Army has chosen a new camouflage pattern to replace the much maligned and disliked UCP (Universal Camouflage Pattern). Well at least they have unofficially chosen one – “Scorpion”.

It took the Army about two years of testing to discover that their current issue UCP camo just isn’t up to snuff. During testing that ended in 2009 it was found that the camo performed miserably when compared to the Marine’s digital camo and the ever popular Multi-cam.

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And believe it or not it seems that the Army has been trying to find a replacement ever since. Just last week the Army announced that it would field a “family” of camouflage patterns – A dark woodland pattern, a light desert pattern and one in between. But so far no official word yet, other than there were still more tests to go.

They have some pretty interesting digital patterns to choose from. Marine digital MARPAT (Marine Pattern – Desert and Woodland) was one of their top choices and from the people that I have talked to, it works very well in the field.

They also liked Multicam, but it seems that the costs to field it would be to high.

Though not mentioned, I am curious how the new “organic” digital patterns from A-TACS would have fared on the test. The A-TACS FG woodland camo is amazing:

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I also noticed that they tested Syrian, French and Iraqi patterns but somehow German Flecktarn didn’t even make the list. It works extremely well in dark woodland environments:

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So what did they choose?

Well, according to Military.com, the Sergeant Major of the Army is telling all the senior Sergeants that the Army will be transitioning to the “Scorpion” pattern.

What is Scorpion?

Believe it or not it is a pattern that the Army has already owned for 12 years and looks very similar to, drum roll please…

Multicam!

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Apparently it was created by Crye (the creator of Multicam) for the OFW program, but uses a slightly different pattern. In doing so, one could assume that the pattern would test out very similar to Multicam.

So there you have it, several years of testing and it looks like the Army is going to use a pattern that they already own!

Own a Fully Functional WWII Enigma Machine with “Open Enigma”

For those interested in WWII history or cryptology, one item that still carries with it an air of mystique and awe is the German Enigma Machine. Well, now you can own or make your own!

The electro-mechanical rotor cipher Enigma machines used by the Germans were once considered unbreakable until Allied forces reverse-engineered it allowing them to read top secret Axis correspondence.

Now teachers, history buffs and crypto fans can own their very own fully functional Enigma machine!

Check out the open source, Arduino based “Open Enigma Project” a KickStarter project by S&T Geotronics:

So cool!