Many criminals and terrorists have now turned to the internet as the strongest vehicle to wreak havoc on foreign targets. Cyber warfare has been the subject of many discussions ranging from federal government hearings to executive level security summits. Those withexecutive jobs, especially in Fortune 500 companies, need to ensure their systems are safe from the threats that are abound.
As the internet wars continue to escalate, the United States has worked to improve its own defenses, while increasing the level of regulatory compliance and best practices among enterprises to deter cyber criminal activity. The government recently disclosed that it was involved in certain types of actions overseas as well.
Transparency efforts might be lackluster
The New York Times reports that officials disclosed information that described the U.S. government's cyber attacks on countries in the Middle East, as well as its use of web-based technology to spy on foreign assets. This has come through in piecemeal, though, as different agencies have discovered and exposed the acts, no true transparency has been reached.
According to The Times, the efforts of the U.S. government could pay off for world cyber security, as more transparency will likely rapidly lead to the creation of laws and protections for internet-based attacks. Such ethical and legal rules might be coming sooner than later, as the source cited research that found roughly 80 percent of the largest militaries in the world are creating cyberwar labs and programs.
Still, agreements might be difficult to met once talks begin regarding the rules of cyber warfare engagement. The Times noted that the United States has already been using drone planes to spy and attack foreign enemies for years, yet the ethics surrounding such actions remain questionable.
Congress not protecting itself
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) recently reported that 27 percent of domain names used by congressional officials for publicity purposes are filled with threats. While CADNA noted that roughly 70 percent of these websites were owned and managed by third-party sources - not members of Congress - it can still damage the public officials.
"The 27 percent of domain names that are owned by third parties can damage a politician's reputation and cause confusion for Internet users," CADNA President Josh Bourne explained in the agency's release. "Cybersquatting can be hugely detrimental for businesses, resulting in lost sales, fewer impressions, and tainted reputations, and identity squatting can prove similarly costly for members of Congress, whose reputations can suffer because of misinformation and confusion among constituents."