Rossen Reports: Criminals use webcams for spying

Stop and think for one moment…where have you placed your laptop around the house? What direction is your desktop pointing?  An experienced hacker can access your webcam in less than a minute and gain access to your most private moments.  Criminals have the ability to enable your computer while it appears in sleep mode and completely disable the recording light.

Unfortunately, most victims are completely unaware that these cameras are remotely turned on and someone is watching/listening to their every move.

Here are a few basic countermeasures to become a harder target:

1)  When you are not using your laptop, keep it turned off and closed

2)  Use black tape to cover the cameras when not in use

3)  Do not open emails from unknown or unexpected senders

4)  Resist the urge to open links on Facebook and other social network sites

(“watch this incredible video” links in particular)

Remember, you and your family can be targets because of YOUR affiliation to the US Government. Practice personal OPSEC measures and educate your family, friends and relatives.

Video of the Rosen Report can be found here on our OPSEC videos page.

Comprehensive Approach to Joint Information Operations Force Development

This article attempts to describe a process for systematically linking force management concepts and functions, as they relate to IO in the joint arena, with the training and education provided to personnel in, or en route to, joint IO assignments. At the core of this connection is a new concept of assessing the characteristics of incumbent personnel and essential task requirements and discovering the resultant gaps between elemental task needs and the qualities of those personnel performing their functions. This analysis is intended to provide a synthesized, comprehensive and functional view of interactions between two interdependent processes that often act independently.

While this overarching process is a “functional management” perspective, for the sake of continuity, this article uses the phrasing defined in the JIOFOS final report, e.g. “force development” to mean the combined areas of manpower management, personnel management, education and training.

This document represents one view of a comprehensive approach to IO training & education and force management processes.  The author welcomes all feedback on this methodology and is interested in discussing other possible systems used to address the issue.  He can be reached either by commenting on this post or via email at: michael.chaparro.1.ctr@us.af.mil.

The entire document can be downloaded below:

Marine Corps Operating Concept for IO

On 4 February, 2013, the US Marine Corps released their Operating Concept for Information Operations. While this document focuses on how the Marine Corps will use IO now and in the future, it is especially interesting to see how much they value this activity in conjunction with other types of fires. Marine Corps leadership strongly endorses information operations and feels it must be integrated into overall operations. This document is a fairly short (20 pages) but interesting read.