// Posted by Jessie on 05/28/2015 (12:41 PM)
When I think about the culture that envisioned the Internet they essentially developed it as an information-sharing system and in essence devoted little thought to securing the network. Their focus was on functionality, reliability, and information transfer and not on… Read more
When I think about the culture that envisioned the Internet they essentially developed it as an information-sharing system and in essence devoted little thought to securing the network. Their focus was on functionality, reliability, and information transfer and not on the potential misdeeds of criminals and terror organizations that might seize control of computers and direct them to nefarious purposes.
I have to admit that much of these articles were beyond my understanding of computer language and code talk. The phrase Cyberwarfare, is a new term for me. I am familiar with computer viruses and malware and their use to hijack computers and steal information. But the use of viruses to physically destroy something in the real world sounds like something out of a sci-fi thriller.
After reading about all the surveillance that is going on to garner knowledge about everything, it is really not that surprising that the information is being used in this way. I am curious to know if this was the intention of the surveillance or a side effect. It is astounding to think about the amount of work and information that was needed to create these digital weapons and the potential impact of this type of Cyberwarfare is shocking and a bit terrifying.
The capacity to assault important systems exists everywhere and could possibly cripple our whole society, as it is extremely reliant on cyber information. A vicious cyber attack on the civilian population would certainly be devastating and could potentially include the corruption of data, supply chain corruption leading to shortages of food, water, and fuel. This could and most likely would cripple Americans and send us back into the dark ages where there is no electricity, money, communication, TV, Internet, or transportation. While this type of warfare means that no bombs will be going off, in terms of disrupting societies, the impact of this type of conflict does have the potential to be more devastating.
So with all the surveillance that is going on, should the government play some role in preventing cyber attacks? Should they help to prevent, trace, or repel the attacks? Should they take retaliatory measures? Or is this a private matter left up to the companies that are affected? When do the cyber attacks cross into the realm of diplomacy or national security?