I agree with Einstein- not if but a matter of when...
The level of attacks isn't published but officials describe the risk as grave and growing.
Chinas attack on the US and the forums of the internet...put two and two together you get...
Stuxnet and the rise of military hacking units (gone is the teenage hacker) and cyber-crime organisations as well.
For all us trend researchers this is probably one to look out for in 2011. With Wikileaks attracting MSM attention and now such sites will be used by nation states against one another. The US admits it cannot stop such sites such as Wikileaks due to them server hopping from country to country and countries who don't like them very much.
The United States is more vulnerable to a cyber attack than other nations. Our dependence on cyberspace for our critical infrastructure, communication and economy puts us at risk. Though we are one of the better-equipped nations to wage cyber war, there are no rules of engagement. (meaning there is always the nuclear option).
So information now becomes a weapon like a artillery shell or a cluster bomb.
Now with hacking organisations worldwide and disparate some benevolent some
intent on starting WW3 also. Due to Internet weaponry in its embryonic stages
these weapons could well attack the Internet and certain countries for political
or idealogical gain or for all out military attack. It would be very hard for
a general not to acknowledge a 'Internet massive attack' on utilities, govt
and military to be the same equivalent of a ICBM attack. Time will tell indeed...
We are now, in relation to the problem of cyber-warfare, at the same stage of intellectual development as we were in the 1950s in relation to possible nuclear war." John Chipman, Director-General IISS
Much like the nuclear bomb, Cyber warfare is set to revolutionise the way the wars of the future will be fought. The speed and anonymity of cyber attacks, coupled with the lack of cyber arms control, means that hostile governments and non state actors will increasingly look to wage war in the cyber realm.
As computer systems become more important to control essential services, from power grids to banking, computerized attacks are seen as becoming as important a part of nations' arsenals as conventional or nuclear weaponry.
An interior ministry spokesman said Monday that while in 2009 the government registered only 900 attacks, there were already 1,600 electronic attacks in the first half of 2010 as well as a high number of unreported cases, the Associated Press reported.
"Proliferation is a real problem, and no country is prepared to deal with it,” said Melissa Hathaway, a former United States national cybersecurity coordinator. The widespread availability of the attack techniques revealed by the software has set off alarms among industrial control specialists, she said: “All of these guys are scared to death. We have about 90 days to fix this before some hacker begins using it.”
That’s why Woodward compares the Stuxnet attack to Trinity, the first U.S. nuclear test. A demonstration of the weapon’s power, it was intended to act as a deterrent to keep other states, such as Iran, from . . . what exactly? It might only motivate Iran to complete the nuclear-weapon development process. After all, it wouldn’t want to be two weapon systems — nuclear and cyber — down on Israel, would it?
While China in US are engaged in a cyber war that could go nuclear at any time (like the 50's)- Pakistan
and India are also engaged in one as well as some former Soviet states with Russia.
Not a joke- there is a chance on any old Saturday a real accident could happen. So all those folks with the button be careful.
Computers can also make mistakes.
(this page is evolving over time chopping and changing to keep its relevancy and currentness. The truth is out there post I have put back-
the one that started it all.
O yes I have a sense of humour. Yes I wanted to be a fighter pilot. My CO broke my legs and kept me behind a computer screen instead.
no where we know where this old started. A 'old game' with a electronic twist.