Cyber warfare attacks on US targets should be a big concern

July 12, 2009

(ChattahBox) — There is still some debate whether cyber attacks that crippled government and news websites in the U.S. and South Korea early last week, were the work of North Korea or not. Let’s review for a second: in this recent attack, which is one of many lately, sites like the US Federal Trade Commission’s experienced periodic black outs, while this time White House and Pentagon sites were able to reportedly deter the attacks. South Korea has obtained intelligence that North Korea last month ordered a military institute of computer hackers – known as Lab 110  (affiliated with the North’s Ministry of People’s Armed Forces) – to “destroy” South Korean communications networks, according to JoongAng Ilbo news agency. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency carried a similar report, saying the NIS obtained a North Korean document issuing the June 7 order. But regardless of where these attacks came from these threats need to be taken much more seriously.
Many countries and private groups have been developing the means of targeting US interests, such as government databases, military installations, banking institutions, and public utility companies. Meanwhile we are still in the very early stages of figuring out how to deal with incidents that could escalate into critical national security threats. A significant interruption in services from any of these potential targets mentioned above could be devastating. The global nature of the internet has hampered cybercrime investigations since hackers can route attacks through countries that have poor law enforcement. Perhaps more of a concern our ‘friendly adversary’, China, is considered highly advanced in cyber warfare and one of the greatest threats in this arena. These bloodless acts of terrorism don’t seem to get a lot of the fanatical news coverage with our preoccupation with pop stars dying and more old-fashioned sorts of terrorism, war, and nuclear proliferation. But nevertheless these threats are deadly serious to our national security and way of life. In some ways it’s good that there isn’t wide spread panic like a domestic terrorist bombing might cause, but the apathy right now is also a great concern. Our federal government seems to respond a lot faster and decisively under pressure.


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