Click, Click, Shutdown. These are the sounds of cyberwarfare. The world is showing that it is ready to evolve to the next step in the cyber world. The United States claims to have launched the Stuxnet virus – countries are recruiting hackers and agencies are using different methods to obtain information than they used several years ago.
Companies are starting to understand that the internet is one cyberwarzone and that the battlefield will have “collateral” damage. Companies are building their fortresses and are digging their trenches. The level of security is increasing with the awareness of users.
I am glad to see that IT environments are not only being defended by a simple anti-virus or firewall. They are starting to invest in on site security, monitoring environments and pro-active employees.
The amount of visitors on Cyberwarzone has increased from 1000 a month to an amazing 400 000 visitors a month. This shows that the world is interested in cyberwar.
Governments are recruiting hackers to defend their environment against unwanted visitors. The United States has showed multiple times that they are recruiting in public. The NSA is trying to recruit Defcon visitors and has increased their online publicity via social media. The NSA even has on recruitment video on the video sharing website Youtube.
"Chinese actors are the world's most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage," according to the report, released by the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive. And, "Russia's intelligence services are conducting a range of activities to collect economic information and technology from U.S. targets."
But China and Russia aren't the only countries. In fact, U.S. allies are also gunning for sensitive data, sometimes using social engineering attacks to get it. "Some U.S. allies and partners use their broad access to U.S. institutions to acquire sensitive U.S. economic and technology information, primarily through aggressive elicitation and other human intelligence tactics. Some of these states have advanced cyber capabilities
The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive published a report showing the evolvements in espionage. Foreign economic collection and industrial espionage against the United States represent significant and growing threats to the nation’s prosperity and security. Cyberspace—where most business activity and development of new ideas now takes place—amplifies these threats by making it possible for malicious actors, whether they are corrupted insiders or foreign intelligence services (FIS), to quickly steal and transfer massive quantities of data while remaining anonymous and hard to detect.
Head of the Iranian Presidential Center for International Legal Affairs Majid Jafarzadeh told Fars that Iran has been consulting legal experts with the intention of suing those responsible for the cyber-attacks it came under in recent years.
Iran's threat of taking legal actions is considered as part of efforts to defend the country against cyber-attacks described by Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the largest antivirus company in Europe, as the “most dangerous innovation of the 21st century.”
Cyber-warfare against Iran first made headlines in 2010 after the Stuxnet computer virus was detected. The virus was designed to damage command and control systems in Scada-based facilities. It took months until the Iranians were able to patch the system's security breaches and to repair the damages done to the uranium-enrichment centrifuges at Natanz.