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    The US Defense Department intends to develop cybersecurity tools to combat distributed denial-of-service attacks that have paralyzed US government agencies and companies for decades, according to a federal technology news agency.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Distributed denial-of-service attacks knock internet sites offline, deny service to end users and are difficult to detect and recover from in a timely manner, the report noted.

    "[US] military-funded researchers are scheduled to produce new tools that would quickly enable organizations to bounce back from so-called distributed denial-of-service attacks," Nextgov reported on Tuesday, citing Defense Department officials.

    The Defense Department said it wants to achieve "a recovery rate of at most ten seconds" after development begins in April 2016, according to Nextgov.

    In July 2015, cyberattackers hacked into 4,000 Defense Department email accounts belonging to civilian and military personnel of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    In March 2016, US Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers called for an expansion of the US offensive cyber capabilities in order to deter attacks.


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