The cyberwar capabilities of various countries have been increased in the last couple of years. Various countries now own cyberwar warriors and soldiers which are capable of performing crippling cyber attacks on foreign and enemy targets.
Cyberwar with North Korea
The North Koreans have the Bureau 121 operation which holds and trains north Korean citizens to specialized cyber warriors that perform cyber attacks in the name of North Korea. Reports claim that the North Korean Bureau 121 unit holds 1800 active cyber soldiers.
Cyberwar with China
The Chinese have the PLA UNIT 61398 which is responsible for performing cyber activities in the name of China. In the past, a couple of PLA UNIT 61398 officiers were charged of theft of confidintial business information and intellectual property from the United States.
The Chinese officiers which were charged were:
- Huang Zhenyu
- Wen Xinyu
- Sun Kailiang
- Go Chunchui
- Wang Dong
The security company Mandiant had performed a research on the PLA UNIT 61398. You can find their research in the APT1 whitepapers.
The Chinese 50 Cent Party
The 50 cent party are a group of people which leave reactions on the internet. Their reactions and comments are posted to shape the public opinion. The members which are in the Chinese 50 Cent Party receive 50 cents of Renminbi (Chinese currency) for each post. This idea was operational in October 2004.
The U.S. Army Cyber Command
The U.S. Army Cyber Command capitalizes on existing Army cyber resources and improves operational readiness by bringing Army cyber resources under a single command. The Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command and 1st Information Operations Command (Land) are subordinate units to Army Cyber Command.
Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army)
The Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army), headquartered at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is the Army’s single information technology service provider for all network communications.
1st Information Operations Command
The 1st Information Operations Command (Land), a major subordinate command to U.S. Army Cyber Command, is the only Army full-spectrum IO organization engaged from information operations theory development and training to operational application across the range of military operations.
U.S. Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM)
The U.S. Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) is an Army major command that conducts intelligence, security and information operations for military commanders and national decision makers.
North Korea cyberwar with the United States
In December 2014 claims were made that the North Koreans were responsible for a cyber attack on Sony. The cyber attack was performed to stop the release of the movie that is titled “The Interview”. In just a couple of days the North Koreans were hit by a crippling cyber attack which disallowed the North Koreans to access the public internet. Right after the cyber attack, various reports were shared on the internet which clearly stated how vulnerable North Korea actually is. The reports concluded that the North Koreans only own a specific amount of subnets which they use. The cyber attack which hit the North Koreans would have used the known subnets as a target.
The Charlie Hebdo Cyberwar
The Charlie Hebdo incident which shocked the world in January has resulted in a massive reaction of cyber soldiers and hacktivists. Various hacking groups around the globe are performing cyber attacks on French and Islamic domains. The Anonymous hacking collective claimed that they will take down Jihadist websites and ISIS websites while the AnonGhost team claimed that they will attack French websites because they insulted the Islamic religion.