Nations prepare for cyber war
A cyberattack believed to be backed by Iran brought down 75% of the PCs at Saudi oil company Aramco.
January 7th, 2013
06:27 AM ET

Nations prepare for cyber war

By David Goldman

Security analysts are predicting that 2013 is when nation-sponsored cyberwarfare goes mainstream - and some think such attacks will lead to actual deaths.

In 2012, large-scale cyberattacks targeted at the Iranian government were uncovered, and in return, Iran is believed to have launched massive attacks aimed at U.S. banks and Saudi oil companies. At least 12 of the world's 15 largest military powers are currently building cyberwarfare programs, according to James Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

So a cyber Cold War is already in progress. But some security companies believe that battle will become even more heated this year.

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  3. Kewocap

    Definitely agree that this is nothing new. As cyber-security attacks have been going on for quite some time and still is. It's just not publicly shown as often if at all. As most of the issues we're shown on the news are bombings and terrorist attacks.

    April 29, 2013 at 7:38 am | Reply
  4. Ivan

    I was tortured for almost 3 years by the FBI and their friends only
    because 85 years old man, Roland Sibens(chicago) convinced them that I
    am a terrorist. I was tortured for working on my prosthetic legs in
    the basement. I done absolutely nothing illegal or wrong. They thought
    that in theory it is possible to hide bomb in them. They saw an
    opportunity to get famous, so they were trying to torture me till I
    sign their insane story. They tortured me using more than 100
    different torturing methods and trust to me waterboarding is not how
    they torture nowadays. I dont know where to find justice.

    I think that after 9/11 things got out of control. Freedom fighters
    became tyrants. In 1945, most Germans had an opportunity to learn about Nazis death
    camps. I hope that one day American citizens will get chance to learn about people
    like me, who were tortured with no reason for years.

    January 20, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • Nika

      Go to the Gerry Spence web page.....He has never lost a case....Does some for free

      February 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
      • Nika

        It is ridiculous that everything has been placed on the Internet when no servers are totally secure and hackers can enter most computers. The ramifications of this are huge! I found 350 pages from the US Department of Defense in my PC and then found a DOD serial number saying US Gov DOD on my laptop purchased at Wal-Mart! Is this a 4th Amendment violation? If not, I do not know what is.....The speaker is right...after 9/11 everything got out of control and we have not returned to a sane America, as yet! Congress needs closer oversight of federal law enforcement and intelligence and greater control of cyber-war.

        February 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
  5. Jannani

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    January 16, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  6. ITGuy_1010

    This topic is definitiely not new to those who were aware of cyber threat years ago. It became news worthy because the general public just recently started to be affected by it, i.e. attacks on the banking industry in 2012.

    In 2009, DoD established Cyber Command in order to defend against cyber threats. I believe we have made progress in positioning ourselves to help defend our country from any potential cyber attacks. The public may not hear about certain threats or attacks but that does not mean they're not occuring. The U.S. military will defend our nation against cyber attacks the same we would defend against any conventional threat.

    January 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  7. MrNeedtoKnow

    Cyberwar, conventional war, nuclear war these are perfect population control and self distraction. Humans are dangers to themselves that seek ways to to kill each others in more sophisticated ways.

    January 9, 2013 at 1:57 am | Reply


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    January 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  10. Observer

    America will lead the way. War is what we do.

    January 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • Observer

      Another forgery, from another towel headed sheep lover. Now that your on the topic though, why are you so insecure, remember look up. 🙂

      January 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
      • Carlson

        How do you do, Phunnie boy? Now you're posting under the name of Observer in blue ink. Are you a Tea Partier by some chance?

        January 7, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
  11. saeed

    how many times do i need to repate this russia needs to nuke ireland dublin cork and ghana kumasi and accra then drop a nuke on basque country of spain cut down the filth.

    January 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • Seed Blows

      with a name like Saeed...I think you're the filthy one here.

      January 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  12. EVN

    I waiting for hackers, spyware, and virus creators being caught and executed, with images broadcast on u-tube and other media. It'll happen in someplace like China or Iran first, but it would be fitting.

    January 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  13. George Patton

    Thanks to those bumbling idiots in Washington, we're going to have a brand new war where almost everyone loses. Of course we're going to spend billions upon billions of dollars which we do not and will not have!!! This is stupidity at it's worst!

    January 7, 2013 at 8:22 am | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Thank you George, you said it all!

      January 7, 2013 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • Hahahahahahahaha

      George and Lyndsie propose "We do nothing to protect cyberspace!" Yeah..........that ought to work!!! NOT!! Hahahahahaha

      January 7, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • Observer

      Speaking of idiots GP meet LG. 🙂

      January 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  14. StanCalif

    How many years have we been reading this same story? This is not "new", yet little has changed!
    We better get our military contractors working on this. Oh, right, they have been "working" on this for years with little to show for the billions spent. Just maybe we have the wrong people assigned to this task!

    January 7, 2013 at 7:44 am | Reply

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