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.

Navy’s Information Dominance 2013-2028

In March, 2013, The Navy released Information Dominance Roadmap 2013-2028 outlining the challenges for operating in the information environment over the next 15 years. “The continued spread of low-cost high-technology information systems could soon present the U.S. with an array of technological peers in a relatively short period of time.”[1] The purpose of this document is to summarize the operating and information environments expected during the 2013-2028 timeframe and depict the Navy’s required future Information Dominance capabilities. This document looks at and expands to near-term goals and objects, looking to the 2013-2017 timeframe; however, it focuses more on the long-term planning aspects necessitated by the anticipated changes to the information environment. This is an excellent companion piece to the recent posting of the JIOWC’s IO 2020 white paper.

JIOWC IO 2020 White Paper

Note: This paper was updated on 6 May 2013 and re-posted on 20 May 2013 based on feedback from various readers.Thank you to the community for your help in this very important topic.

The JIOWC has produced a draft white paper which envisions the information environment (IE) and how IO will be employed in 2020.   Its purpose is to foster a shared vision for building the future joint IO force as the Quadrennial Defense Review process gets underway.  An appendix which accompanies the paper identifies doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities (DOTML-PF) changes to be implemented in the near- and mid-term in order to achieve the vision. The ideas expressed therein reflect discussions held during the 2012 IO Force Development Summit and subsequent reflection by community members. These draft documents do not necessarily reflect the views of the JIOWC, Joint Staff, or OSD.  Rather they are provided for informal review and comment within the larger IO community.  We welcome others’ additional insights or alternative views. Download the white paper and appendix from this location.

Comments to the white paper may be posted to this blog entry or e-mailed directly to the POC. POC for IO 2020 is JIOWC/J55, Mr. Roger Gaebel, CTR; DSN:  969-4666, e-mail: roger.gaebel.ctr@us.af.mil.