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Cyber war

  1. 1. Cyber War Warfare in the Information Age
  2. 2. Contents
  3. 3. Contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. What is Cyber War? Evolution and techniques Targets and tactics Consequences Examples and precedents Future? Conclusion
  4. 4. 1. What is Cyber Warfare?
  5. 5. 1. What is Cyber Warfare? Cyber war refers to: • conducting military operations according to informationrelated principles; • disrupting or destroying information and communication systems; • the use of computers and internet to achieve military goals; • turning the "balance of information and knowledge" in one's favour.
  6. 6. 1. What is Cyber Warfare? • At first sight: – No real threat: “you can’t see it” • In reality: – it is everywhere – There are thousands of attacks everyday
  7. 7. 2. Evolution and techniques
  8. 8. 2. Evolution and techniques • Traditional military institute (eg: US army) • Network based military institute (eg: Al Qaida) – – – – Small units Lateral organisation structure Increased “top sight” Decentralisation of command and control
  9. 9. 2. Evolution and techniques • Hackers: – Developing “profoundly different kinds of code breaking techniques” – Eg: linking hundreds of computers (zombie computers)  massively increased computing power • Virusses • Physical destruction of IT infrastructures
  10. 10. 3. Targets and tactics
  11. 11. 3. Targets and tactics • IT ifrastructures – Networks: internet/intranet – servers • Powergrid – Scata • Air traffic • Water supply • Strategic information (espionage) – Stealing information – Messing with or destroying information
  12. 12. 4. Consequences
  13. 13. 4. Consequences • Taking down powergrid, water supply: – On a large scale – Serious humanitary consequences – ... • Communication systems fail: – Internet – Military information streams collapse – ...
  14. 14. 5. Examples and precedents
  15. 15. 5. Examples and precedents • Attack on the White House – 100.000’s computers sending pings • Attack on US East Coast powersupplies – No electricty for a couple of days • Attack on Wall Street – $3 billion loss • • • • Chinese hackers National Georgian server taken down Iranian server taken down ...
  16. 16. 6. Future?
  17. 17. 6. Future? • Cyber defenses is one of the top concerns of the US defense systems: – Very vulnerable to attack – How respond to attacks? – Use Cyberwarfare themselves?
  18. 18. Conclusion
  19. 19. Conclusion • Cyber Warfare can obtain a striking force compared to or greater than a traditional army • Nations such as the USA are vulnerable to attacks, as they depend a lot on information technology
  20. 20. Thank you for your attention Questions?

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