GETTING MORE SPECTRUM: The United States wants to reallocate radio spectrum for “5G” mobile devices, civilian drones and a global flight tracking system. “Tom Wheeler, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, told a news conference that world powers would have to decide whether to follow the U.S. example in allocating more of their spectrum to mobile telephony,” Reuters reports. “The United States will start auctioning part of its VHF spectrum on March 29 next year, and wants others to join in to reduce costs for global business.”
LICENSE TO KILL: Military contractors are competing to develop cyber weapons that would direct enemies’ critical infrastructure to self-destruct, potentially leading to human deaths. “An upcoming $460 million U.S. Cyber Command project will outsource to industry all command mission support activities, including ‘cyber fires’ planning, as well as ‘cyberspace joint munitions’ assessments,” Defense One reports. “Unlike traditional espionage malware or even the Stuxnet virus that sabotaged Iranian nuclear centrifuges, cyber fires would impact human life, according to former Defense officials and a recently released Defense Department ‘Law of War Manual’ … The manual lays out three sample actions the Pentagon deems uses of force in cyberspace: ‘trigger a nuclear plant meltdown; open a dam above a populated area, causing destruction; or disable air traffic control services, resulting in airplane crashes.'”
HERE COMES THE DOX: Teenage hackers who support Palestine published an alleged list of 2,000 names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for U.S. law enforcement and military personnel. “Earlier on Thursday, [one alleged hacker] told Motherboard that the group hacked into someone’s account, and got access to several ‘tools feds use’ such as JABS, a database of arrested people, IC3, an FBI crime-reporting tool, and VCC, a sharing tool for law enforcement agencies. He declined to say whose account they hijacked, only that the owner is someone ‘high in the [government],'” Motherboard reports.