Cyber Warfare

Over the past month, we’ve published a host of articles about cyberwar as part of our third installment of Futurography—a new project from Future Tense in which we explore a different technological issue each month. We’ve seen experts discuss the weapons of cyberconflict, explore the fuzzy rules of engagement, interrogate the “attribution problem,” and much more. […]

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Software powering Britain’s nuclear-tipped Trident II missiles is to be updated following fears of a cyber-attack, according to reports. The Daily Telegraph reported that Britain’s Trident missiles, currently carried by the Royal Navy’s Vanguard-class submarines, are to receive software updates to help guard against cyber-attacks. The move comes as part of the Ministry of Defence’s […]

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Federal investigators charged an Iranian hacker with breaking into the control system of the Bowman Avenue Dam, in Rye, N.Y. The mystery is what he was after. Credit Photograph by Seth Wenig / AP The Bowman Avenue Dam, in Rye, New York, would seem an unlikely candidate for a new front in the cyber wars. […]

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Canadian Quidditch player Arfy Papadam. Probably not how the Israeli military do it. Photo: Jeff de Pasquale JDE The Israeli military’s elite Cyber Command is honing its skills at Hogwarts. A small, handpicked group of computer wizards in the command’s officers training course is preparing to combat hostile hackers by fighting in a virtual battlefield modelled […]

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DARPA is preparing for the threat You might not know this, but the Internet wasn’t built for you and me. Back in the 1960’s, which somehow seems like an eternity ago, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) envisioned a network of computers that could collaborate on scientific and technological research projects from coast to coast. […]

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In a meandering, 100-minute-long telephone interview with The New York Times last week, Donald Trump elaborated on some of the bold and belligerent foreign-policy prescriptions he’s hinted at in the past. He touched on nuclear weapons, spying, and the fight against ISIS, bringing his tried-and-true “we’re losing” doom and gloom to each topic. His proclamations […]

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DANIEL ZWERDLING, HOST: We’ve been talking about terrorism a lot this evening, and now we’re going to focus on what you might call a non-violent version, cyber warfare. Just last week, the Justice Department indicted seven hackers tied to the Iranian government. Officials said they broke into major U.S. banks a few years ago and […]

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U.S. politicians have long threatened America’s enemies with tanks, planes, submarines, and nuclear missiles. Last week defense secretary Ashton Carter leveled a new kind of threat at the Islamic State: hackers. It may signal the start of a new era in warfare and international relations. There have been leaks about how the U.S. government used […]

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