When America dropped its two atom bombs, Little Boy and Fat Man, over Japan in August 1945, it launched the world into a devastating new era of warfare. Nearly 70 years later, humanity is still trying to contain the fallout. But in its zeal to check nuclear proliferation, America--along with Israel--opened up yet another theatre of war: cyberspace.
The increasingly wired nature of the world means cyberspace will likely be the world's next large battlefield (if it isn't already). Israel, always at the forefront of military technology, is paying close attention to the way the wind is blowing.
What started last week as a series of reports on domestic spying by the NSA took a turn towards cyber security on Friday when Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill of The Guardian published the top secret Presidential Policy Directive 20 (PPD–20), which deals with U.S. policy and planning for cyber conflict. Like the other documents that The Guardian released, this one largely confirmed what those who pay close attention to these issues already knew: the United States is working to build up its offensive cyber warfare capabilities.
Technology researchers estimate that anywhere from 25-50 billion devices, or more than three for every person on the planet, will be connected to the internet by the end of 2020. And as the internet of things grows, so does the number of threat actors bent on exploiting its ubiquity.
Via Scotiabank's Guy Haselmann, The Invisible Enemy Earlier this month President Obama declared foreign cyber-threats a “national emergency”. During the State of the Union address, he said that “if the US government does not improve cyber defenses, we leave our nation and our economy vulnerable”. This past weekend the TV program 60 Minutes ran a special on cyber security, particularly pertaining to the importance of our nation’s satellite systems.
Iran responded to a 2010 cyber attack on its nuclear facilities by beefing up its own cyber capabilities, and will be a "force to be reckoned with" in the future, a senior U.S. Air Force official told reporters on Thursday.
A mysterious computer worm that has struck Iran has raised the spectre of a cyber attack as a new weapon of war, a danger NATO identifies as a key threat, experts say.The 28-nation transatlantic alliance will highlight the cyber menace in its new "strategic concept" that will be adopted at a NATO summit in Lisbon next month, according to diplomats.The danger became all too real with the emergence of Stuxnet in recent weeks, dubbed the world's "first cyber superweapon" by experts, and which has wreaked havoc on computerised industrial equipment in Iran.
Stuxnet failed to cause enough damage to Iran’s nuclear program, and more recent attacks on the country’s science ministry and oil industry have also apparently fallen flat, but practice makes perfect, and cyber warfare will continue to escalate, presumably with Iran going on the offensive as soon as its capabilities allow. Iran’s Fars news agency claimed on 29 April that cyber attacks on the Iranian Science Ministry and the oil industry “failed to penetrate” or to leave “any impact on the data system”.…