Cyber Warfare

The US has begun waging cyber warfare against Isis, defence secretary Ashton Carter has confirmed. As the Financial Times reports, Carter said he has issued orders to the US Cyber Command to launch online attacks against the fundamentalist group. Speaking to the paper, he said: “I have given Cyber Command really its first wartime assignment…and […]

Senators on Tuesday hammered the Obama administration, saying it lacks a coherent or fully formed cyber warfare policy. “The administration’s cyber policy as a whole remains detached from reality,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCainJohn McCainOvernight Cybersecurity: Panama Papers leak stirs debate on encryption Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief proposes chain of command reforms Senate […]

Despite that increasing complexity, many readers proposed that we should find ways to discriminate between cyberattacks and more conventional forms of militaristic aggression. We will, one wrote, have to learn to draw lines between the two much “as we now distinguish forms of weaponry.” Others weren’t so sure: Summing up a growing sense of unease, […]

Britain reportedly plans to apply a software update to its 58 Trident II missiles amid concerns of possible cyber attacks. The nuclear deterrent will be serviced by BAE Systems, which also carries out routine maintenance. The US—which is the other user of the 25-year-old Trident system—will upgrade its missiles as well. Although both countries use the […]

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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