|Air Force To Analyze Seized Cyber Tools |
Air Force To Analyze Seized Cyber Tools
Rome, New York -- (AFPN) April 28, 2000 -- Air Force researchers are looking into the dark alleys of cyberspace to determine the technical sophistication of criminals threatening ambushes along the information superhighway.
The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate has awarded a $99,908 contract to Wetstone Technologies Inc. of Freeville, N.Y., to analyze cyber weapons currently in use. The one-year agreement, "Seized Cyber-Weapon Analysis & Prediction," will be basic research funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
"Wetstone scientists and engineers will study equipment and software that have been used in criminal or other unlawful cyber activities," said Dr. Leonard Popyack, a scientist in the directorate's Information Grid Division. "The key aspect of the program is to study seized equipment and analyze it."
The U.S. Secret Service will provide seized equipment. Wetstone researchers will also collaborate with the newly established Computer Forensics Research and Development Center at Utica College (N.Y.).
"We will be seeking to answer several questions based on the analysis of the equipment," said Popyack. "Researchers will attempt to determine the level of sophistication of the technology used in the illegal activities, as well as the threat it poses to the Air Force, the Department of Defense, private industry and businesses, and the national infrastructure."
Additional questions to be answered include: who developed the technology and when was it originally designed, developed and manufactured; what was the sophistication of developers, designers and manufacturers; what countermeasures are currently being used by cybercriminals; and are hidden capabilities present in the seized equipment and software.
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