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Author Topic: DARPA Solicits Proposals for DDoS Counterattack Tools (from SANS)  (Read 2393 times)


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The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will
select researchers to develop tools capable of launching counterattacks
against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The three-year
program, called Extreme DDoS Defense (XD3) "aims to thwart DDoS attacks
by dispersing cyber assets (physicals and/or logically), disguising the
characteristics and behaviors of those assets, and mitigating the
attacks that still penetrate the targeted environment." Proposals are
due on October 13, 2015; the project will start in spring 2016.

Interesting, so now DDos Counterattacks are seen as being a valid defense.
That is a big shift in approach as it has been said that it would just escalate the problem.
Nation states conducting 'realtime' tit for tat cyber attacks on each other MUST have some impact on the Internet as a whole.
Where could this escalate to ?
Even more interesting when 'Allies' on all sides start 'jumping in' to support the side they favour !  :o ;D



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Re: DARPA Solicits Proposals for DDoS Counterattack Tools (from SANS)
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2015, 12:52:28 PM »

I havent read the DARPA pdf, only the & articles, but are they actually talking tit for tat or a some method of mitigation by bouncing back the DDoS?

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Re: DARPA Solicits Proposals for DDoS Counterattack Tools (from SANS)
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2015, 01:40:56 PM »

That is how I read it!

Maybe I an wrong.

XD3 seeks truly innovative, revolutionary approaches to DDoS defense, as opposed to incremental or evolutionary advances to current art.  Proposals must clearly articulate why their solutions represent a major advance over existing techniques.

Responses to DDoS attacks are too slow and manually driven, with diagnosis and formulation of filtering rules often taking hours to formulate and instantiate.  In contrast, military communication often demands that disruptions be limited to minutes or less.

The above is stated at the start of the document.
I cannot see how to deliver this without something more aggressive simple filtering/blocking etc.
The rest is just extrapolation based on the fact that we are told regularly that such attacks are being made by 'nation states'.
Countermeasures will be resisted, then follow the bouncing dot .......  ;D ;D

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Re: DARPA Solicits Proposals for DDoS Counterattack Tools (from SANS)
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2015, 07:57:27 PM »

 --State Dept. Wants Cybersecurity Playbooks
(September 3, 2015)
The US State Department is seeking information from industry experts to
develop cybersecurity playbooks - "to clearly guide both offensive cyber
and responses to cyberattacks." The agency is offering a
one-year paid contract for playbooks "suitable to provide clear
direction and guidance for actionable information security operation
activities." Proposals will be accepted until September 11, 2015


Yet more dancing around the idea of not just responding to cyberattacks but 'Offensive' operations ??

There does seem to be a change in thought processes in regard to Cyber Attacks.



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Re: DARPA Solicits Proposals for DDoS Counterattack Tools (from SANS)
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2015, 07:45:42 PM »

Pentagon is looking to award a $460M contract for Lethal Cyber Weapons ...... the offensive is getting a 'little' more dangerous.

Under a forthcoming nearly half-billion-dollar military contract, computer code capable of killing adversaries is expected to be developed and deployed if necessary, according to contractors vying for the work and former Pentagon officials.

U.S. troops would have the power to launch logic bombs, instead of traditional explosive projectiles, which essentially would direct an enemy's critical infrastructure to self-destruct.

Lethal cyber weapons have arrived.

As previously reported, an upcoming $460 million U.S. Cyber Command project will outsource to industry all command mission support activities, including “cyber fires" planning, as well as "cyberspace joint munitions" assessments.

Unlike traditional espionage malware or even the Stuxnet virus that sabotaged Iranian nuclear centrifuges, cyber fires would impact human life, according to former Defense officials and a recently released Defense Department "Law of War Manual."

Law of War Manual --->
(See Chapter XVI – Cyber Operations Page 994)

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