Tuesday, May 28, 2013

With Plan X, the Pentagon tries to turn cyberwarfare into 'World of Warcraft'


 Even as cybersecurity has become a buzzword when discussing national security, there are real questions about how to fit online warfare into a traditional military model. How do you explain a hacking attempt to someone who's used to dealing in physical warfare? If you're working on DARPA's Plan X, you turn it into a video game. Plan X, which first surfaced in 2012, is an effort to make cyberwarfare as comprehensible and easy as firing a gun. "Say you're playing World of Warcraft, and you've got this type of sword, +5 or whatever," cybersecurity researcher Dan Roelker tells Wired. "You don't necessarily know what spells were used to create that sword, right? You just know it has these attributes and it helps you in this way. It's the same type of concept. You don't need the technical details."

For the rest of the story: http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/28/4372298/darpa-plan-x-wants-to-turn-cyberwarfare-into-video-game

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