Cyber warfare is known as an internet conflict which involves politically motivated attacks on information and information systems. Each side attempts to compromise and destroy the infrastructure of the other, disable websites and networks, disrupt or disable essential services or steal or alter classified information. Physical weaponry, in this case, has changed and become the not so important part of welfare. Cyber warfare levels the playing field between the riches and the most technologically sophisticated nations and those without the same resources.
Cyber warfare is used by a whole lot of different groups such as CyberCaliphate. The group has hacked multiple websites of newspapers, TV nations and Twitter accounts in the US. CyberCaliphate has successfully hacked the US central commands Twitter account and during the times they had the account in their hands they posted threatening messages to the US soldiers. The Islamic state has also claimed to have hacked into the US’s department of defence services and posted the names and addresses of the US service people that are engaged in a war against ISIS.
Another group of people who are known for Cyberwar fare is Anonymous. The group declared war on ISIS and sprung revolutions against regimes in Egypt and other nations against them. One act which was their first was to start a cyber war and take down ISIS’s social media accounts.
In 2009 a cyber spy network going by the name of Ghostnet accessed confidential information belonging to both governmental and private organisation sin over 100 countries around the world. It was said that this network was originating from China however they denied this.
Reading up on the Cyberwar fare and the things they are capable of is quite interesting. It’s not something that you would hear about very often through the traditional news. I guess the most effective way to protect yourself against Cyberwar fare would be to secure your information and networks properly and also update your security frequently!
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