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Weekend Roundup: Twitter for Airstrikes and More Cyber War

by John Reed on June 12, 2011

Here’s our weekend roundup of defense technology developments that we didn’t get to write about last week:

Libyan rebels are using Twitter to give NATO information on Gadhafi’s troop movements. We’ve all seen how the micro-blogging platform has been great at organizing protests but now it’s even helping to organize close air support. Wild. Still, NATO officials are quick to point out that it takes a lot more than a simple tweet to get clearance for an airstrike.

In the wake of a very active week or so of cyber attacks, Scientific American has published this great article discussing how the cyber attack attribution — detecting where an attack is coming from quickly –  is still an elusive target despite being the “holy grail” of defensive cyber warfare for years now.

Speaking of Libya, check out these Reuters images of the rebels taking RPGs from an camoflaged armored personnel carrier that was abandoned intact by Gadhafi’s force outside the town of Zlitan.

Watch this video of Boeing’s new version of the Little Bird attack/recon helo performing a private airshow in the Arizona desert. Man, I really need to reconnect with my friends at Boeing.

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anon June 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm

By the time the tweet hits the web and sits around waiting for NATO to check it out, the object that is to be destroyed has probably been moved. And then a bomb drops into a school.

Worst-case scenario, Libyan government hackers use twitter in a deception campaign to encourage NATO to bomb rebel areas or schools, Red Cross facilities and the like.

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David Clarke June 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Those aren’t RPG’s being taken out of the BMP, they are the 73 mm low velocity shells for the vehicles gun. The heat warhead is identical to an early RPG, but you can see the small propelling charge at the rear covering the stabilizing fins.
I’ve not seen pictures of Rebels operating BMP, but I did see a video of a BMP 1 turret mounted on a Toyota, aimed by prayers to Allah, so perhaps they are using them as support weapons.

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