The Snake Campaign presented at SuitsandSpooks 2014

by Adrian Nish,

Summary : Abstract: One of the most infamous incidents in the history of cyber-attacks is that which impacted the United States classified military networks in 2008. The response led to the creation of the DoD’s Cyber Command and was a turning point in US strategy in cyber-space. Though defences were raised, the threat did not disappear. They improved their capabilities and managed to remain covert whilst infiltrating some of the most sensitive networks in the world over the years which followed. Reports in 2014 have cast light onto this campaign, revealing interesting features of the capability and possible intents of the actors behind it. This presentation will review what is currently known about the campaign, the challenges it poses for network defenders, and the implications and outlook for policy makers.