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DARPA's Been Building a Big Fake Internet, But Not Fast Enough

Maybe you heard about DARPA's (the creepy research arm of the government) secret, fake version of the Internet? It's been reported here and there, but, you know, those covert programs have a tendency to get swept under the rug. It was two years ago that DARPA received a directive from the White House and the Pentagon, as part of a $17 billion effort to strengthen national security, to build a replica Internet that could be used as a testing ground for government hackers. Facing the prospect of digital attacks on our financial markets, power grids and telecommunication systems, DARPA has been building the battleground sim, called the National Cyber Range, to emulate the behavior of both the real Internet and the billions of people who use it daily.

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