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[ISN] US cyberwar firing range to demo by July

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Jan 27 2011 - 11:17:28 GMT

By Lewis Page
The Register
26th January 2011

DARPA has announced that its planned "National Cyber Range" – an
artificial, sealed-off internet inhabited by simulated nodes, computers,
sysadmins, users etc in which the USA can test-fire cyber weapons and
practice cyber combat – is to reach demonstration status by July this

Lockheed Martin, working on the Range on behalf of the military
warboffins, yesterday received an additional $7,360,467 modification to
a $30.8m Phase II contract announced last January. According to the
contract modification notice:

    At the completion of the revised Phase II program, the contractor
    will demonstrate the capabilities of the flexible automated Cyber
    Test Range NCR ... The work is expected to be completed July 7,

DARPA has previously specified that the Cyber Range is to be able to
simulate a network on the same scale as the internet or the US
military's Global Information Grid. In addition to the various kinds of
machinery, the Range will also be populated by software "replicants"
playing the part of human users, admins and other people whose actions
would register on the network. The replicants' behaviour is to be
affected realistically as the frightful code bombs and cyber missiles of
tomorrow devastate their peaceful world, so modelling the war-warez'
effects accurately.


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