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US Agency Plans 'Virtual Firing Range' to Foil Hackers

Friday, 17 Jun 2011 03:44 PM

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The U.S. agency that developed the Internet is at work on a shadow version of the Web on which it will wage hypothetical cyber wars, reports the Guardian.

The National Cyber Range that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing is a “virtual firing range,” as the Guardian puts it, that will allow the Pentagon to protect its computers better from hackers. The system is expected to be workable by mid-2012.

State-sponsored hacking is increasing. The Guardian reports that Israel and the United States are thought to have worked together on the Stuxnet worm, which infiltrated Iran’s nuclear software and equipment in 2010. China is suspected of hacking into the computer systems of the International Monetary Fund, Google, and the French government.

President Barack Obama has requested $250 million for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s 2012 budget, twice that of 2011.

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