With the advancement in technological warfare, it seems that countries that primarily use human soldiers are now going to have a difficult task of combating enemies, especially ones they cannot see.
This new threat does not make its appearance obvious as it works through the barriers, getting closer to a country’s main organs, which are its economic infrastructures, power grids and corporations. Cyber attacks: the new atomic bomb without the nuclear threat.
Madiant, a cyber-security firm, released a report Feb. 18 that since 2006, at least 141 organizations have been hacked by the Shanghai group, a group of elite hackers affiliated with China’s People Liberation Army.
While China’s government denies they had any involvement of stealing trade secrets from these organizations – some victims include Apple Inc. and Shell Oil – the United States is determined to strengthen its security.
Cyber attacks can be produced by any organization including Al-Qaeda, which tried sending numerous one-time attacks to damage the United States internally, according to the New York Times. This new warfare is gaining more public attention and for good reason: the internet has become the new battleground, according to NPR.
No matter its intention, these actions show the public that people are at war in any medium; however, it does not look like it will slow down soon because cyber espionage laws are underdeveloped.
One issue is that while this warfare is moving at a fast rate, current domestic and international cyberspace regulations cannot keep up. However, the main issue is some countries do not agree with the United States about which cyber laws should be established in international law, according to informationweek.com.
The United States, however, is not only accusing China for using cyber attacks but others such as Russia, which a group of Russian hackers will launch Project Blitzkrieg, a cyber attack on American financial institutions like Wells Fargo and E*Trade sometime this spring, according to CNN.
Before the United States is portrayed as the frontrunner to stop cyber war fare, this government has used cyber attacks for military purposes.
Within his first months in office, President Barack Obama secretly ordered cyber attacks on Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities to disrupt their ability of developing a nuclear bomb.
This was a cooperative initiative with Israel that originated during the Bush administration.
Where is the internet safe haven? Nowhere because this threat can be distributed everywhere, disguised as friendly emails or shaped into a torpedo to hit its target quick with no pain.
The landscape of this warfare is always changing and no matter how much a country, let alone an individual, protects itself, there will be one vulnerable spot that will be affected.
While the public is being informed about these cyber attacks, all preparations, domestically and internationally, have to be developed soon before the non-atomic bomb detonates.