CyberArms is Back! Security News, Book Reviews and More

I’ve been out of town for almost two months sans internet and had a long time to think about this blog, among other things. So I figured it was well and about time to kick some new life into it and get it spun up again.

Yes!

I haven’t posted on CyberArms consistently for a long time, yet I still amazed at the constant flood of visitors that still check in every day. So, I have decided to begin posting regularly again. Yup, security news, computer tips and even some cool military stuff!

New Ethical Hacking Book!

Though I haven’t been posting, I have been fairly busy on other projects. The biggest one is the release of my new book, “Basic Security Testing with Kali Linux“:

Basic Security Testing with Kali Linux

Over 300 pages packed full with hands-on step by step Ethical Hacking tutorials. An E-Book version will be out later this week!

Navy Base Visit

During my two month “vacation”, I was able to visit one of our top Navy bases. I met some great people, got to see numerous Naval Warships and even got a tour of a Super Carrier!

I also watched the movie “Lone Survivor” on the base. It was a powerful movie, and watching it surrounded by our men and women in the Navy was an experience that I will never forget.

Vice Adm. Rogers Cyber Command Nomination

I was delighted to hear that Vice Admiral Michael Rogers was nominated to be the future leader of both Cyber Command and the NSA. I have had the honor of meeting Vice Adm. Rogers and his wife at a Navy function (non-cybersecurity related) a few years ago.

He was down to Earth, professional, competent and truly seems to be a man of integrity.

I cannot think of a man more qualified to man the helm of our nations Cyber War and Signals Intelligence forces.

Books

I was able to catch up on some reading during my vacation too. Here are two of my favorites:

Information Warfare” is an older book by Winn Schwartau, the Second Edition was published in 1996! I was reading a computer book about 20 years old, yet the content and information still seems very pertinent today.

Bravo Two Zero” is a first hand account of a British SAS unit in Iraq during the First Gulf War that evolved into one of the longest Escape and Evasion treks in history. If you liked the movie Lone Survivor, you will love this book.

Coming Soon

Security news & tutorials, military news, computer tips and some news on more upcoming books.

Stay tuned!

 

Military using 3D Printing at Army Bases in Afghanistan

Imagine being at a remote military base and a critical piece of equipment breaks. Or needing a new piece of equipment for a job but prototyping and having it shipped over from the States would take months. What would you do?

How about just print what you need?

The army is using new 3D printers labs at remote bases in Afghanistan to create replacement parts or rapid prototype entirely new ones. The technology is like the Replicators in Star Trek according to a Foxnews article.

The labs contain 3D printers, CNC mills laser & water based cutters and are contained in a 20 foot container that can be placed where needed. The video above from US RDECOM shows some of the technology available in the units at work.

Having worked at a super precision machine shop I am impressed with the selection of devices. The prototyping can be created using CAD and then printed on the 3D printers. This usually creates plastic type products. Then if the tool works as needed, it can then be sent to the CNC mills and cutters to make a much more durable version made out of metal.

The Army currently has two of these labs in service with another one coming soon.  Giving our troops the ability to make what they need on the fly, what a great idea!

(For more information on the printer used in the video above check out the Objet Connex webpage)

New EMP Missile Knocks out Computers and Electronics with Precision

Ask any Sci-Fi geek what the greatest threat to computers is and they will not respond with “Cyberwar”, or anything with the word “Cyber” in it. They will say – EMP. Electromagnetic Pulse weapons will kill any electronics in its blast radius. The problem is that EMP based weapons can have a large field of effect. An EMP blast from a high altitude nuclear weapon detonation could knock out systems in a whole country.

But what if you had the ability to target individual buildings? And not only that, what if you could place this weapon in a missile based package?

Well, now, you can!

Last week, members of Boeing, Raytheon and the US Air Force Research Laboratory successfully tested the first high power Microwave missile. The Counter-Electronics High Powered Advanced Missile Project or CHAMP for short, successfully targeted and destroyed the electronics in a two story building:

“CHAMP approached its first target and fired a burst of High Power Microwaves at a two story building built on the test range. Inside rows of personal computers and electrical systems were turned on to gauge the effects of the powerful radio waves.”

“Seconds later the PC monitors went dark and cheers erupted in the conference room. CHAMP had successfully knocked out the computer and electrical systems in the target building. Even the television cameras set up to record the test were knocked off line without collateral damage.”

This missile is a huge leap in EMP based weapons. The ability to target individual sites (7 were targeted in the test) with no collateral damage is imperative to the insurgent type wars that the US is fighting today.

This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare, in the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive,” said Boeing program Manager Keith Coleman. “Today we turned science fiction into science fact”

The US already owns weapons that can knock out power plants. These weapons (Like the BLU-114/B) work by releasing conductive material over power plants. The material shorts out the high power transformers effectively shutting the plants down. Weapons like this were used by the US to take out Serbia’s power in 1999 and even Iraq’s power during Desert Storm.

But what if the target facilities have backup generators? Or you wanted to target individual buildings instead of entire cities? Or the target had electronics that needed to be destroyed? In these cases CHAMP would be an exceptional choice.

But using them together could be even more devastating to enemy forces.

This missile most likely will replace cyber warfare in many cases. As the “Shamoon” coder found out, code may not always act like you want it to. And one of the greatest fears in Cyber War is that the code will be captured, modified and used against the creator.

Using CHAMP will knock out not only the computers but any electronics in the target area.

Science Fiction has indeed become Science Fact!

ATK Hatchet – New Bomb for US Drones

ATK, a leading US precision arms company has created a new weapon to be deployed on UAV drones.

The “Hatchet” is a 60mm laser guided JDAM bomb that can be used to perform pinpoint strikes where you want to keep collateral damage to a minimum.

The unit is small enough to be carried on the Boeing ScanEagle UAV but can be deployed on full sized strike aircraft up to the F-35. The compact size of the munition allows the MQ-9 Reaper drone to carry up to 108 of these mini-bombs in a rotary launcher.

For more information and a video of the Hatchet, check out Defensetech.org.