Associated Press, 12 April 2006

Midshipmen at the Naval Academy took part in a simulated battle Tuesday, defending their computer systems against an attack by hackers from the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Md. The Mids were guarding their network against intrusions by NSA experts, who were sniffing around on servers, sneaking into systems and adding fake users, complete with passwords, that could allow unauthorized access. The intruders even induced the dreaded blue screen of death on a Navy machine. This combat was part of the sixth annual Cyber Defense Exercise, in which all the nation’s service academies compete to see who can best defend an information network from the NSA team. Navy won last year’s event.  (more)