Cyberwar: hype or reality?


Filed Under: Featured, Law & order, Malware

keyboard_grenadeInternet security is a hot political topic at the moment. Governments are instrumenting changes to protect key infrastructure from both foreign and domestic network attacks.

Only last week, the White House simulated an internet attack on New York’s power grid to highlight risks and garner support for their bill called S. 2105: Cybersecurity Act of 2012.

During the UK Prime Minister’s visit to the US last week, both David Cameron and Barack Obama pledged a closer partnership on internet security issues. A joint fact sheet, released on March 14 last week, states:

As the United States and the United Kingdom continue developing joint capabilities that support our national security interests in cyberspace, we are sharing more and more incident data to help us and our allies counter advanced persistent threats.

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Against the backdrop of wider internet security discussions, concerns about cyberwarfare often arise. However, thanks to liberal use of the term, and a big dollop of hype, it is very difficult to work out what cyberwar actually encompasses.more

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