Pentagon hacked 6 million times daily
General Keith Alexander, Director of the NSA and Commander of US Cyber Command
General Keith Alexander cautioned that Pentagon systems are “probed by unauthorized users approximately 250,000 times an hour, over six million times a day.” The remarks by Alexander, who is also at the helm of the main US spy organizations, the National Security Agency, was made in a Thursday address to a major Washington policy think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
“Our nation’s interests are in jeopardy,” he said citing “tremendous vulnerabilities” and threats from a “growing array of foreign actors, terrorists, criminal groups and individual hackers.”
Alexander emphasized that his main priority was to develop a real time picture of threats to US military networks and devising rules to fight back by conducting cyber attacks against enemies.
Alexander said that US military “depends on its networks for command and control, communications, intelligence, operations and logistics.”
“We at the Department of Defense have more than seven million machines to protect linked-in 15,000 networks,” he noted.