The Secret Battles of Electronic Warfare

This is not the first time we have mentioned the rise of computer security related crimes or pointed out the hacking of or weaknesses of many critical metropolitan infrastructures. With that said the recent hacking events first mentioned over the past weekend does again cast a big bright light on how living in our ‘digital age’ can also be our Achilles heel. Remember the East Coast Power Outage of 2007? No airports, emergency services, traffic & street lights, mobile phones, or other critical services.. Now picture that on a slightly larger scale, and you begin to understand how important events like this can be to not only us IT security folks but to the society as a whole.

The intruders, who came from countries including China and Russia, were believed to be attempting to map the US electrical system and work out how it was controlled…
…..Authorities investigating the intrusions have found software tools left behind that could be used to destroy infrastructure components, the senior intelligence official said. He added, “If we go to war with them, they will try to turn them on.

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