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5 Cyberwar Threats Worth Watching

Approximately 60 nation-states are presently developing their own advanced cyber warfare programs.
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The Threat From Iran
Iran's sustained cyber espionage campaigns against US allies in the Middle East, as well as Canada and China have key critical resources in those countries.
'Iran initiated a focused effort to ramp up its cyber capability' after falling prey to the Stuxnet attack, reports former US Navy captain Mike Walls in InformationWeek's sister publication Dark Reading. 'Some experts believe that Iran has closed the cyber capability gap with countries like the US and Russia.'
Iran has also levied cyber attacks against critical infrastructure and key resources in South Korea -- likely as a consequence of a 2012 technology alliance the nation signed with South Korea's biggest enemy.
(Image: Blondinrikard Froberg via Flickr)

The Threat From Iran

Iran's sustained cyber espionage campaigns against US allies in the Middle East, as well as Canada and China have key critical resources in those countries.

"Iran initiated a focused effort to ramp up its cyber capability" after falling prey to the Stuxnet attack, reports former US Navy captain Mike Walls in InformationWeek's sister publication Dark Reading. "Some experts believe that Iran has closed the cyber capability gap with countries like the US and Russia."

Iran has also levied cyber attacks against critical infrastructure and key resources in South Korea -- likely as a consequence of a 2012 technology alliance the nation signed with South Korea's biggest enemy.

(Image: Blondinrikard Fröberg via Flickr)

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asksqn
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4/28/2015 | 5:36:57 PM
The US has crappy priorities
IF the US spent even one-tenth of the military budget on cyberinfrastructure and training Americans (and included anyone who wanted to participate even IF they are over 30 and female) to have the appropriate skill sets to counter real or imagined threats, there wouldn't be a problem.  Instead, the US would rather invade another country that has oil in order to bring "democracy" to it.  
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4/27/2015 | 10:53:32 PM
Re: It's not who has the tools, it's how they use them
I came across two sobering headlines this past week related to cyberwarfare, One was that  the Pentagon finally came up with a cyberwarfare strategy to not only defend our "shores" but also to take the fight to the enemy. The other was that the US is still the No. 1 source in the world for all malicious cyber attacks. Not sure we can connect the dots between the two, other than that our best defenses (and offense) may need to be used within our own borders.
Technocrati
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4/18/2015 | 6:17:40 PM
Sony's Breech: The Gift that Keeps On Giving .....
As much as I enjoy being able to download emails from Sony at my whim. Sony's security ineptness is certainly are not solely theirs alone, probably the first time ever that Sony didn't want to take full credit for something beyond their ability and undertanding.

Those in the tech world did not need Sony's breech to alert us to the arrogant and wishful thinking Sony practices daily nor to the fact companies are no match for hackers.   All companies could be accused of this - but I am certainly tickled that Sony has become text book material, remembered for what they are -  a bumbling bunch of hypocrites who were finally exposed.

Rumor has it Sony is really upset about the fact that anyone can now download their offensive and racially charged emails. They can no longer smile in public like the rest.    Oh Well.

Maybe we could have gone another 5 to 10 years without worrying about the issues Sony's stupitidy has caused.  Who knows ?  But as you mention Joe, the world has become even more danagerous as countries are waging Cyber Warfare everyday.

Most understand this - Sony is just now catching on.  Better Late than Never.
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4/16/2015 | 3:33:23 PM
It's not who has the tools, it's how they use them
It's not surprising that there are a lot of potential threats that we could see when it comes to nations turning to cyber warfare.  For one, its cheaper in overall costs than most traditional warfare tactics, but it can also be done in strong numbers for a lot of damage.  Personally, no matter who decides to start ramping up the cyber warfare attacks, the real issue is what it can do.  As more endpoints are connected when it comes to critical infrastructure, financial systems and public facing systems, all it takes is one attack to take these systems offline and there is a lot of chaos to be had. Definitely a huge risk, and another reminder that as much as we like to invest in creating new cyber attack tools, we have to really look at our internal systems as a nation and figure out what the true risks are and ensure that we get ahead of these risks before one of these nations decides to start testing them for us.
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