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Similar to the Cold War, preparations are being made in case of cyber war

A report compiled by security company McAfee notes there are a growing number of governments across the world that are preparing for potential cyber conflicts with other nations.

The United States continues to receive cyber attacks against computer networks from numerous sources overseas, though other nations also are becoming worried about the cyber capabilities of other nations.  China, for example, said its defense ministry computer network has been attacked more than 2 million times since launching a few months ago.

"There are at least five countries known to be arming themselves for this kind of conflict," McAfee Europe analyst Greg Day told the BBC. "To go to physical war requires billions of dollars. To go to cyber war most people can easily find the resources that could be used in these kinds of attacks."

The 2009 Virtual Criminology report also indicates nations are stockpiling tools and techniques -- similar to the Cold War conflict between the United States and Russia -- in case a cyber standoff does take place.  A major difference between the two conflicts, however, is that smaller, more unstable nations also can easily have a hand in cyber conflicts with other countries.

Large-scale organized cyber attacks would likely focus on a city or region's infrastructure, with the ability to shut off electricity, water, and other vital services necessary.  However, companies operating in the private sector are highly likely to  get caught up in rival nations launching cyber attacks against one another.

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By HappyThoughts on 11/23/2009 8:11:19 AM , Rating: 2
After all these years that we've had PC's is it not possible to make a secure computer that cannot be blitzed by kiddy scripts and pro hackers?

RE: Seriously
By InternetGeek on 11/23/2009 8:15:32 AM , Rating: 3
It is possible. Just unplug the thing :)

RE: Seriously
By HappyThoughts on 11/23/2009 8:15:20 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah ... but then the Chinese/Iranese/Spectre win! ;)

RE: Seriously
By Targon on 11/23/2009 9:32:48 AM , Rating: 2
Easy solution, just cut off "enemy" nations from the Internet, and that will help.

RE: Seriously
By Ammohunt on 11/23/2009 2:18:28 PM , Rating: 3
better yet just "nuke them from orbit..its the only way to be sure."

RE: Seriously
By HrilL on 11/23/2009 5:34:02 PM , Rating: 2
This is just not possible. While cables can physically be cut you can't stop satellites and wireless. If they can get a connection to just one country that is connected to the internet then they would gain access to all of it. You'd have to cut pretty much all communication networks to a country. (not likely)

Blocking on countries IP ranges would also be mostly useless as they could use proxies in any country so this won't stop them from getting to you either. Pretty much you can't turn the internet off to a country.

RE: Seriously
By ViroMan on 11/23/2009 10:20:55 PM , Rating: 1
Well... sure you can turn off there internet. Like the post above said. Just disconnect them. Sure you might not get all of them but, being mostly cut off from the rest of the world would pretty much kill anyones economy over night(The ones who use E-commerce). That threat alone has to be worth more then causing a few blackouts.

Once again...
By Amiga500 on 11/23/2009 7:56:13 AM , Rating: 5
Computer security firm unveils imminent computer threat to the world as we know it... no doubt said computer security firm will be first in the queue for govt contracts.

How naive do they think we are?

RE: Once again...
By FITCamaro on 11/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: Once again...
By Lord 666 on 11/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: Once again...
By Lord 666 on 11/23/09, Rating: 0
RE: Once again...
By Spivonious on 11/23/2009 10:12:05 AM , Rating: 2
I read that his approval rating is below 50% now.

RE: Once again...
By Amiga500 on 11/23/2009 11:06:02 AM , Rating: 2
Just read that.

Now, the rest of this post is not directed at you at all, but rather at the absolute chronic journalism within that article.

Instead of virtually meaningless guessing at potential election trends from opinion polls, why did they (NY times) not once try to get specific reasons for the lowering opinion of this current administration? Just saying "the economy" is an absolute cop-out.

It is this absolute rubbish standard of political journalism that is resulting in alienation of the people from the politicans, regardless of their political affiliations.

RE: Once again...
By Spivonious on 11/23/2009 11:32:13 AM , Rating: 2
The polls don't give specific reasons, therefore the writer provides some probable causes (along with supporting trends from poll history). The economy and the increasing unemployment, the lack of any real effort to work across party lines on healthcare, and the increasing troubles in Afghanistan. They all seem like viable reasons to me.

The point of the writer was that presidents with approvals under 50% in the months before a midterm election year tend to cause their party to lose seats in the legislature.

Where do I enlist?
By Lord 666 on 11/23/2009 7:50:08 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure they are pulling strictly from the active duty ranks as the private sector has had DoD "outgunned" in this area for a while.

Simple Solutions?
By Tom mc3s on 11/24/2009 7:04:18 AM , Rating: 2
If there are areas of our infrastructure that are vulnerable for attack then why aren't they on their own secure, closed networks? Is there a compelling reason to have these things connected to the internet in any way?

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