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Electronic attack has long been part of military arsenals, and the US Defense Department is now trying to add automated computer hacking to the tools available to soldiers.

Several devices are currently being developed to allow common soldiers without specialist electronic-warfare training to attack enemy computer networks with the aim being to produce devices that could automatically identify and assault security vulnerabilities.

In addition to automating the attack, the devices allow the user to select the desired levels of speed, covertness, and collateral damage. Thus, a soldier could choose a faster attack with a higher chance of collateral damage, or a slower attack designed to be harder to identify and trace.

For those of you wondering how this works, the little publicly-available information confirms that the devices use proven open-source penetration and hacking tools like Aircrack, presumably automated through the use of simple predictive scripts and basic artificial intelligence.

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