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[ISN] Inside the Ring: NSA on cyberwar
By Bill Gertz
The Washington Times
March 27, 2013
Cyberwarfare is the hot topic in military and intelligence circles at
the Pentagon amid unrelenting cyberattacks from China, Russia, Iran and
But for the super-secret National Security Agency, cyberwarfare is
The electronic spying and code-breaking agency provided a rare public
look at its views on cyberwarfare by releasing this month redacted
copies of its internal newsletter, which show that NSA has been engaged
in cyberwarfare for more than a decade.
A 1997 article published in the once-classified newsletter Cryptolog was
written by legendary NSA official Bill Black. He stated that the agency
received the mission for Computer Network Attack (CNA) â offensive
cyberwarfare â on March 3, 1997, from then-Defense Secretary William S.
âThis delegation of authority has added a new, third dimension to NSAâs
âone missionâ future,â Mr. Black, at the time a special assistant to the
NSA director for information operations, stated in the spring 1997
issue. âThat is, in the networked world of Cyberspace, CNA technology is
the natural companion of NSAâs exploit and protect functions.â
Other sections of the newsletter were heavily redacted and labeled âTop
Secret Umbra,â the code word used to protect electronic intelligence.
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