Cyber Warfare

Last spring, in the wake of the Sony hack, President Obama threw a cyberwar. And no one showed up. In April 2015, President Obama issued Executive Order 13694 declaring a national emergency to deal with the threat of hostile cyber activity against the United States. But six months later, the emergency powers that he invoked […]

For several years now, there have been reports that the United States has been waging what amounts to technological warfare against Iran, using sophisticated industrial sabotage measures to weaken and undermine Iran’s nuclear industry—and, according to the New York Times, these efforts began during the Bush administration but accelerated under President Obama. And, for the […]

Has the Iran-Saudi cyberwar already started? Author: Arash Karami Posted May 26, 2016 Numerous Iranian media outlets reported May 25 that the website The Statistical Center of Iran was hacked and temporarily put out of use. News agencies wrote that the hackers were “outside of Iran” but little else was known about them. Some websites speculated […]

Edward Farrell runs penetration testing firm Mercury Information Security Services. But he also is a member of the Army Reserve and he’s seeing an increasing overlap between his civilian and military lives. “We’re applying too many military characteristics,” says Farrell when looking at the problems facing the commercial world. One of the challenges, he says, […]

Federal officials warn that cyber-attacks are becoming greater threats to American security. U.S. Senator Mike Rounds is sponsoring an act that defines cyber war.  Proponents say it helps America defend itself, some opponents say there is no one size fits all strategy for war. Senator Mike Rounds is proposing the 2016 – Cyber Act of War […]

The world is at war. Some might quibble with the characterization of malicious hacking as warfare, preferring phrases such as “cyberespionage” or “cyberconflict.” But when governments, industry and individuals are under constant attack by antagonists from all corners of the globe—marauders who use the Internet to steal vital information, sabotage critical operations and recruit terrorists—this […]

Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall/USAF There’s an unseen world war that has been fought for years with no clear battle lines, few rules of engagement, and no end in sight. But it’s not a shooting war; not a war where combatants have been killed or wounded — at least not yet. It’s a war that pits nations against each other […]

Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall/USAF There’s an unseen world war that has been fought for years with no clear battle lines, few rules of engagement, and no end in sight. But it’s not a shooting war; not a war where combatants have been killed or wounded — at least not yet. It’s a war that pits nations against each other […]

Three years after he lost his right eye and was badly injured in a suicide bombing attack while searching for insurgents in Afghanistan, Sergeant Thomas Block now has a new mission: rescuing children from child predators. The Human Exploitation Rescue Operative, also known as the HERO program, designed for ill and wounded special operations veterans, […]

You’ve heard the complaining, from the White House on down, about the cyberattacks on our country. Well, yes, you guessed it: We started it. That’s one of the central thrusts of Fred Kaplan’s “Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War.” Because it pioneered computing, the U.S. intelligence agencies enjoyed decades of dominance over rivals, […]