30+ Years of Freedom of Information Action


Aug 1, 2018 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., August 1, 2018 – An early classified Defense Department cybersecurity exercise named “Eligible Receiver 97” (ER97) featured a previously unpublicized series of mock terror attacks, hostage seizures, and special operations raids that went well beyond pure cyber activities in order to demonstrate the potential scope of threats to U.S.

Jul 18, 2018 | News
Robert Mueller, Special Counsel for the US Department of Justice, on Friday, July 13, 2018, indicted twelve Russian intelligence officers for “engaging in cyber operations that involved the staged release of documents stolen through computer intrusions.”  These cyber intrusions have come to be referred to as “Operation Grizzly Steppe.”  Today’s posting explores the US Government’s public conceptualization of Russian cyber operations and highlights the two GRU units suspected of being directly involved: Unit 26165 (a/k/a Cozy Bear, APT29) and Unit 74455 (a/k/a Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm,  AP

Jul 11, 2018 | News
The cyber threat to critical infrastructure (communication, transportation, energy, finance, and vital services) receives a sizeable volume of attention from researchers and policy analysts. This Cyber Brief looks at transportation security in isolation beginning with President Clinton’s Executive Order 13010 and continuing through recent Federal reports on emerging challenges and technologies.

Jun 27, 2018 | News
This month the Joint Chiefs of Staff issued an update to Joint Publication 3-12, first published on February 5th 2013. The following changes are prominent:

Jun 20, 2018 | News
The Department of Defense, GSA, and NASA have issued implementation guidance for the ban on Kaspersky products mandated in the 2018 NDAA. This Cyber Brief includes that guidance, the relevant section of the 2018 NDAA, a DHS directive to remove Kaspersky products from Federal systems, and court documents from a lawsuit in which Kaspersky alleges that the DHS unfairly blocked its software from Federal systems based on unsubstantiated evidence.   New to the Vault

Jun 13, 2018 | News
A National Security Archive FOIA request filed in January of 2016 produced, in late 2017, a Department of Defense memorandum encouraging department heads and combatant commanders to beat the deadline set by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the incorporation of cyber into major military exercises. After receiving and publishing this document, National Security Archive researchers filed another request for the Chairman’s initial Execute Order (EXORD) which was provided with redactions.

Jun 6, 2018 | News
The National Security Archive’s Cyber Vault Project is announcing the launch of the CyberWar Map. This resource is both a visualization of state-sponsored cyberattacks and an index of Cyber Vault documents related to each topic (represented as nodes on the map). Clicking on each node will reveal hyperlinks and document descriptions. In some cases where key analysis was done under copyright, the link will direct readers to sources external to the National Security Archive. In a few other cases nodes do not yet have documents to display.

May 30, 2018 | News
The use of the internet by terrorist organizations has proven to be a vexing problem for policymakers.

May 22, 2018 | News
Israel’s national cyber proficiency goes largely unrecognized to those outside the field of cybersecurity. This week’s Cyber Brief highlights documents from the Vault related to Israel’s cybersecurity organization, policy, cooperation with the United States, and an FBI notice on a coordinated attack on Israeli and Jewish websites known as #OpIsrael.