The United States Cyber Command and National Guard launch new malware sharing portal Cyber Line-9 to keep the U.S. states updated about the new malware threats
The hospitals and medical care centers in the United States have witnessed rising ransomware attacks curbing their ability to deal with the deluge of coronavirus infected patient. A new report by specialty insurer Beazley Group says that ransomware attacks continued to climb during the first quarter of 2020. Added to this there is an upcoming mega rollercoaster called the United States Presidential Elections 2020 which will be held in November 2020. We already have had reports of hackers targeting both, President Donald Trump and his challenger Joe Biden’s campaigns.
In this situation, the United States Cyber Command and the National Guard have teamed up to launch a new malware sharing portal called Cyber Line-9. Cyber Line-9 provides a two-way interface for sharing malware and gain better insights into cyber threats facing the nation, according to a June 9 release from the command.
Cyber 9-Line will share malware threat intelligence between the U.S. government and the states. It will allow participating National Guard units from their perspective states to quickly share incidents with Cyber Command as soon as they are reported.
For the uninitiated, the U.S. Cyber Command’s elite Cyber National Mission Force works at disrupting cyberattacks on United States public infrastructure from specific nation-state hackers groups. This gives the Cyber Command a unique perspective into every malware that is discovered or released by hackers and cybercriminals. Cyber Line-9 portal will be able to provide analysis on the malware and offer feedback to the states to help redress the incident.
This level of cooperation and feedback provides local, state and Department on Defense partners with a holistic view of threats occurring in the United States and abroad. Dealing with a significant cyber incident requires a whole-of-government defense, bidirectional lines on communication and data sharing enables the collective effort to defend elections.
Brig. Gen. William Hartman, commander of the Cyber National Mission Force and the lead for Cyber Command’s election security group
The “Cyber 9-Line” will allow the National Guard units to quickly communicate a cyber incident to USCYBERCOM. Once it is uploaded, the USCYBERCOM’s Cyber National Mission Force will diagnose it and if it finds that the malware is nation-sponsored attack, it will provide timely, unclassified feedback back to the unit, who shares with state and county governments to address the cyber incident. This process is a key aspect of how USCYBERCOM helps strengthen America’s cybersecurity and enable election integrity.
Thus far, nearly 12 U.S. states have completed the Cyber Line-9 registration process and can benefit from DoD resources. This includes tools such as Cyber Command’s Big Data Platform, which synchronizes information and correlates it allowing forces to act on available information collected from sensors and operations.