DARPA: Cyberattacks against US military ‘dramatically increasing’

The head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s software innovation division said in an interview broadcast Sunday night that cyberattacks against the U.S. military are increasing in frequency and sophistication.

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Dan Kaufman, the head of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office in Arlington, Va., said on “60 Minutes” that cyberattacks against the U.S. military are common, occurring “every day.”

“The number of attacks is dramatically increasing,” he said.

“The sophistication of the attacks is increasing. … My job is not to wait for something catastrophic to happen and then say, ‘Oh, goodness, we should do something.’ My job is to say, ‘Hmm. I see this trend line going. I want to be way ahead of this line,’ ” he added.

Kaufman said half his office deals with cyber warfare.

Kaufman also said he doesn’t think the Internet is “broken.”

“I think the things we put on the Internet are broken. What we're doing is we're putting a lotta devices on it that are unsecure,” he added

When asked for an example of those unsecure devices, Kaufman answered, “Pretty much everything.”

“60 Minutes” also reported Sunday night that Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyOvernight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform Overnight Tech: FCC chief downplays delay to TV box reforms | Lawsuit filed over internet transition | Waze rolls out ridehailing service Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP MORE (D-Mass) on Monday will release a “scathing” report that shows nearly all new cars can be hacked. Only two out of 16 carmakers can "diagnose or respond to an infiltration in real time,” that report will say, according to the show.