News Story US military wants to build Skynet. Again!
Back in the eighties, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ([DARPA](http://www.darpa.mil/)) spent more than a billion dollars in an attempt to create what was, in effect, Skynet. You know, the self-aware artificial intelligence system that goes bad in The Terminator movie. DARPA called it the Strategic Computing Initiative, but it was Skynet alright. You only have to read this little bit of political persuasion in favour of the idea back then to get that: "...there will be unique new opportunities for military applications of computing. Instead of fielding simple guided missiles or remotely piloted vehicles, we might launch completely autonomous …
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Sykipot is not a new Trojan Horse by any means, but the variation found to be attacking Department of Defense smart cards is certainly something that government agencies need to be worried about. United States government agencies, that is. It's doubtful the Chinese government will be too worried about them, considering that the Sykipot-led attacks against these US government agencies would appear to be originating from China itself. [ATTACH=RIGHT]23494[/ATTACH]Security specialist [URL="http://www.alienvault.com"]AlienVault[/URL] has uncovered evidence that the attacks might stretch right back as far as March 2011 and have been targeting a number of agencies which use ActivIdentity, or more specifically …
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President Obama - I still like saying that and I'm not even in his continent (OK, a little bias there, you may disagree) - is of course to be applauded for his decision to launch a root and branch investigation into American cyber-security. In fact I'd urge other countries, particularly my own (which apparently can't hold on to addresses on a disk for longer than five minutes without losing them) to sit up and pay attention. Or just sit up and bark. Get on with it. The BBC's account is [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7880695.stm"]here[/URL]. But there's another angle to this story. One of …
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