The spring and summer of 2016 were spent preparing for attack. And while members of Task Force ARES didn't reveal everything they did to crack into ISIS's network, one thing they used early on was a hacking standby: a phishing email. ISIS members "clicked on something or they did something that then allowed us to gain control and then start to move," said Gen. Edward Cardon, the first commander of Task Force ARES.
Cardon said young operators on Joint Task Force ARES understood hacking in a visceral way and, in many respects, understood what was possible in cyberspace better than commanding officers did, so having a direct line to the people making the decisions was key.
Three years after Neil said "Fire," ARES is still in ISIS networks. Gen. Matthew Glavy is now the commander of Joint Task Force ARES. He says his operators still have a thumb on ISIS's media operations; the group is still having a lot of trouble operating freely on the Web. But it is hard to be sure why that is. While ARES has been hacking into ISIS in cyberspace, forces on the ground have driven the group out of most of Syria and Iraq.
Shortly after gathering intelligence from Woods, Section and JSOC infiltrates Myanmar investigating a spike in activity in the region. There, Section's team encounters a computer engineer under Menendez's employment, warning them of a cyberattack with a Celerium device, a quantum computer capable of hacking any computer system. Section's team is later deployed in Pakistan, attempting to gather intelligence on Menendez's plots. During the infiltration, Menendez discloses the name of a target, "Karma" in the Cayman Islands. Section and SEAL operatives Harper and Salazar later infiltrate the Cayman Islands, finding out that "Karma" is a woman named Chloe Lynch, a former employee of Menendez's shell corporation, Tacitus. Lynch was the main developer of the Celerium device, and as a means of wrapping up loose ends, Menendez had deployed mercenaries for her abduction, led by his second-in-command, DeFalco. Salazar, Section and Harper either rescue Lynch by killing Defalco, or he escapes with her.
To help with the departure from a linear campaign are a set of special missions dubbed Strike Force. These missions are sandbox, and play similarly to a Real Time Strategy game. The player can assume the role of a commander, command ground forces, and on top of this, there will be the ability to go back to the traditional first-person and take part in the action themselves. The player gets to have a chance of taking control of many different warfare technology such as unmanned vehicles, jets and robotic automobiles. If the player dies in a Strike Force mission, the story will go on, keeping the record of deaths rather than loading to the last saved checkpoint. The missions will go on to change the story, even change Menendez's plans. By the time the Cold War ends the player will see that they have made the results different.
JSOC finally capture Menendez in Yemen with the assistance of undercover CIA agent, Farid. However, before being apprehended, Menendez orders Farid to kill a captured Harper. Menendez will execute Farid if he refuses. American forces take Menendez aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Barack Obama, commanded by Admiral Briggs; however, Menendez escapes with the aid of a mole inside JSOC: Salazar. How Salazar's betrayal pans out is determinant on the fates of Lynch, Farid, and DeFalco.[a] Menendez hacks into the U.S. military satellite to seize control of their entire drone fleet. Whether the Americans regain control is determined by whether the Strike Force missions were completed and whether Briggs remains alive to activate the ship's defenses.
Lieutenant General Jim Slife, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) commander, poses for a photo at Hurlburt Field, Florida, July 22, 2021. Slife has had six assignments in and around AFSOC during his 32-year career and sat down with Airman Magazine to discuss the changes AFSOC must implement to stay relevant in the next operating environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Janiqua P. Robinson)
The root cause of most network performance and security problems can be found in the packet detail traversing the network. Wireshark is the industry standard tool to collect and interpret this traffic, with almost one million downloads every month.
A large number of tools can be used by typing commands into the command line; many come pre-installed on your system, and a huge number of others are installable from package registries. Package registries are like app stores, but (mostly) for command line based tools and software. We'll see how to install some tools later on in this chapter, and we'll learn more about package registries in the next chapter.
Note: If you have not first installed Prettier locally, then running npx prettier will download and run the latest version of Prettier all in one go just for that command. While that might sound great, new versions of Prettier may slightly modify the output. You want to install locally so that you are fixing the version of Prettier that you are using for formatting until you are ready to change it.
\n A large number of tools can be used by typing commands into the command line; many come pre-installed on your system, and a huge number of others are installable from package registries.\n Package registries are like app stores, but (mostly) for command line based tools and software.\n We'll see how to install some tools later on in this chapter, and we'll learn more about package registries in the next chapter.\n
\n Note: If you have not first installed Prettier locally, then running npx prettier will download and run the latest version of Prettier all in one go just for that command.\n While that might sound great, new versions of Prettier may slightly modify the output.\n You want to install locally so that you are fixing the version of Prettier that you are using for formatting until you are ready to change it.\n
In order to receive and transmit CAN packets, you need a device that is capable of this. You will often come across ELM327 based devices. While these have their use, they are terrible for hacking. They are way too slow to monitor the CAN bus.
This prints CAN data to the screen as soon as it is received. This however is very unorganized and it is very difficult to see what packets correspond to a certain event. You can press ctrl+c to stop the program. To make the data more readable we use cansniffer which groups the packets by arbitration ID and only shows the packets that are changing. In order to start it run the command in your Linux prompt: 2b1af7f3a8