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U.S. Military Train In Cyber-City To Prepare For Hack Defense

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A cyber city, developed by the Sans Institute and measuring 6 feet by 8 feet, has been built in New Jersey to train U.S. government "cyber warriors" to fend off threats to the nation's electronic infrastructure.

The mock town is complete with a bank, hospital, water tower, train system, electric power grid, and a coffee shop. It was developed in order to demonstrate how cyber attacks can have real world effects.

"We've built over eighteen missions, and each of them challenges participants to devise strategies and employ tactics to thwart computer attacks that would cause significant real-world damage," commented Ed Skoudis, SANS Instructor and NetWars CyberCity Director.

The connection between the virtual and physical world, adds Skoudis, is a "kinetic" one, and "We have seen detailed evidence of foreign nations deep inside the computer networks of our financial services companies, manufacturing companies and critical infrastructure."

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