Call it the Long Gray Online.
Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point jousted with veteran NSA hackers as part of a three-day cyber war game last week.
Cadets built and ran networks, and they were attacked by the NSA red team at night, when they were not permitted to defend themselves. Then the cadets would run damage control duty in the mornings to restore those networks.
The grand finale was a massive bombardment.
“Our job is to make sure our network is as secure as possible and the services are all up and running so when that attack happens we have monitoring tools running and all cadets at their stations,” said Cadet Hunter Hutcheson, the team’s public affairs representative. “Of course, we fully expect this attack, but we didn’t talk about it. We talk about winning.”
A New York Times report (above) captures a previous competition, when a sign above Thayer Hall read “Information Warfare Live Fire Range.”[via Army.mil and NYT]