As the modern world increasingly becomes “wired,” more critical systems and infrastructure are being linked via the Internet. And while that has given rise to incredible new technologies that boost efficiency and capability, it has also meant that countries are more vulnerable to hacking and cyber attack.
Most nations do their best to defend their critical networks against hackers, DDoS (denial of service) attacks and outright cyber assaults. But not all systems are well-protected; some, in fact, are incredibly vulnerable.
Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, there were calls throughout the industry to tighten safety standards at all atomic power plants around the world. However, according to a new review of the industry, cyber security was apparently not high on the list.
As reported by the UK’s Financial Times, nuclear power plant managers are engaged in a “culture of denial” about the risks of cyber attack, as many have failed to take adequate measures to protect themselves from hacking, the review found.
The United States may still be the world’s preeminent superpower, based on size and reach of military and intelligence operations, but defending the virtual borders of cyberspace is another matter. Cyber attacks by foreign nations and their agents are on the rise, and this new form of conflict doesn’t fit easily into the existing paradigms of how to wage, or win, a global war.
Russian hackers are attacking the Pentagon’s Joint Staff unclassified email system, leaving thousands of Department of Defense (DOD) workers without email for nearly two weeks, a DOD spokeswoman confirmed.
Officials believe Moscow may have orchestrated the “sophisticated cyberattack,” which infiltrated the Joint Chiefs of Staff email system….
Peter Singer, strategist at New America think tank, is coauthor of forthcoming novel ‘Ghost Fleet,’ which explores what would happen if digital warfare erupts between nations.
What could World War III look like? If the growing spate nation-state hacks is any indication, it’ll be waged by computers and over networks.