Dronegate: The First Casualty is our Cybersecurity Paradigm

As of yet, there is no definitive narrative of the virus that hit the U.S. drone fleet at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada this September. Original reports stated that drone cockpits had been infected with a keylogger virus and, while there was no indication that classified information had been stolen or that missions had been compromised, the […]

Updates on Dronegate

Since I wrote my fist post on the virus affecting the drone fleet at Creech Air Force base, information has begun to trickle in and some interesting commentary has emerged. The Air Force has followed their official press release stating that the virus, which they say was a credential stealer, was merely a nuisance with a statement […]

Domestic Drone Policy, Federal Telework, and More

Today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: Pilots, aircraft manufacturers, and privacy groups ask the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure drones could not be hijacked or jammed and that they would not cause problems for manned aircraft before it allows their widespread domestic use. More here. Department of Homeland Security Chief Information Officer Richard Spires said […]

Teaching Drones to Work Together, $50,000 for Illegal Access to Energy Supercomputer, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: The United States Air Force Academy Cooperative Technologies for Unmanned Systems research program seeks ways to combine data from multiple unmanned aircraft to collaboratively track targets. More here. A New Zealand High Court ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to copy the 150 terabytes of data held on Megaupload […]

A New Supercomputer, Preventing Collisions with Drones, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: IBM and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working together on the Vulcan supercomputer to analyze data for developing new technologies in applied energy, green energy, manufacturing, data management and other fields. More here. The Senate Commerce Committee is holding a hearing today on whether the Do Not Track specification […]

U.S. Drones Policy: Strategic Frameworks and Measuring Effects Introduction

On Monday, August 20, I had the pleasure of attending the  American Security Project’s event on U.S. Drones Policy: Strategic Frameworks and Measuring Effects. I say that it was a pleasure because, unlike most discussions on drone policy, this one was based on facts and empirical data rather than politics and speculation. The event was moderated by […]