Cyber attacks against Department of Defense networks declined this year, according to U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and as reported by Wired“™s Danger Room blog.
In the first half of 2010, approximately 30,000 cyber attacks targeted the Pentagon, compared to about 71,000 such occurrences in 2009.
If the rate of attacks continues for the rest of the year, 2010 could be the first year in a decade in which the quantity of logged events declines, Wired reports.
Despite the positive news about decreased cyber assaults, the Pentagon is not quite safe yet, Wired points out. Adversaries could be trading malware quantity for malware quality. However, the report indicates the threat to DoD networks “may not be quite as overwhelming and unstoppable as some in the military brass have led us to believe,” Wired concluded.