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The Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS)

The Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) is a Top Secret/SCI network. Just like the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) and the Nonsecure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet), JWICS is basically the same thing with the exception of what it is used for. The JWICS is primarily used for file sharing to transmit information that is classified up to and including the “Top Secret” level of the United States government classification system. Information that is classified at this level would cause “exceptionally grave damage” to national security if disclosed to the public. There are about 1.4 million Americans who
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Categories: Information Technology, IT Security, and Preston Hood.

Silk Road 2.0 Taken Down By United States Authorities

On 11/4/14 U.S authorities including the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) along with European law enforcement agencies announced that they have taken down Silk Road 2.0 [silkroad6ownowfk.onion], which is the successor website to the original Silk Road. Blake Benthall was the owner of Silk Road 2.0; he was arrested on 11/5/14 in San Francisco and the charges that were brought up against him carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. While I do not totally disagree with what law officials did here I do disagree with the actions
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Categories: Information Technology, IT Security, Legal, and Preston Hood.

The Nonsecure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet)

The Nonsecure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) is basically the same thing as the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), with the exception of what the two are used for. NIPRNet was created in the 1980s for the purpose of transmitting sensitive but unclassified information among “internal” users; it also allowed the “internal” users to access the regular Internet. NIPRNet is made up of Internet Protocol routers which are owned by the United States Department of Defense (DoD). Today NIPRNet is the largest private network in the world and is still growing.   The NIPRNet Verses the SIPRNet As I
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Categories: Information Technology, IT Security, and Preston Hood.