Report: US building system to detect cyber-attacks: The U.S. National Security Agency is building a
system that would help detect cyber-attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure, according to a report in the Wall
Street Journal that cites unnamed sources. The system would monitor both private U.S. companies and
government agencies that operate infrastructure such as electricity grids and nuclear power plants…. It
would use sensors placed in computer networks that would be triggered by activity signaling a cyber-attack.
The story says that Raytheon has won a contract for the first phase of the project that is worth $100 million.
The NSA declined to comment on the report. Raytheon did not reply to a request for comment about the
reported system. Neither commented publicly in the Wall Street Journal article. The U.S. government is
increasingly aware and wary of intrusions from overseas into public and private networks, particularly for the
purpose of espionage. [Date: 7 July 2010; Source: more..]