DARPA's cyber warriors dive into the Internet with Oculus Rift27/05/2014 14:42
The ability to go for a swim in the Internet's data streams allows Plan X's users to "look around the data," as program manager Frank Pound puts it. Delving into an enemy's secure server network, you are presented with spheroid representations of networks. Enemy attacks, like DDoS assaults are also visualized. To traverse and alter the state of the networks and data streams you find, you'll be given a controller like the Razer Hydra controller. The general idea is to make waging cyber warfare, both defensively and offensively, as easy as playing a video game.
Plan X isn't ready for combat quite yet, and the demo that DARPA has put in front of military brass is a notional simulation, not a working prototype. When it is ready, the Oculus Rift interface will work in tandem with the military's existing wargaming software. Missions with a cyber warfare component will be carried out by soldiers both on the ground and swimming through the enemy security grid.
Plan X's development is due to be completed in the year 2017, by which time VR will likely have become much more advanced. Whether we get to know the full extent of what the military will be able to do while taking a virtual dive through the Internet, well, that's a story for another time.