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1000 Cuts

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Army Cyber Institute


A foreign criminal organization has taken advantage of known vulnerabilities in network devices and online services comprising the global Internet of things. Violations of U.S. military operational security, breached network devices, and previously exposed personal information have enabled these nefarious actors to target individual members of a U.S. military unit deployed in support of U.N. peacekeeping operations. The distributed targeting of individual members of the unit has left the entire organization distracted from their military responsibilities. Subsequently, these attacks are enough to disrupt the entire unit’s ability to adequately defend their base against the criminal organization’s attacks. In other words, the deployed unit has suffered a death by a “1000 cuts.”

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1000 Cuts



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