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The New-age dangerzone: Cyberwarfare

What is Cyberwarfare?

Cyberwarfare is a form of machine or network-based conflict in which a nation-state targets another nation-state for political reasons. Nation-state actors aim to disrupt the operations of organisations or nation-states in these forms of attacks, especially for political or military reasons, as well as cyber espionage.

History of cyberwarfare

In 2010, the world’s perception of cyberwar was permanently altered. It all began when VirusBlokAda, a Belarusian security company, discovered a strange piece of malware that caused its antivirus programme to crash.

Although the attack began in Ukraine, it soon spread across the world. While the precise amount of damage caused by this attack is still unknown, it is expected to be in the billions of dollars.

Motivation behind cyberwarfare

Cyberwarfare is the use of digital threats to invade a nation, causing similar damage to traditional warfare and/or disabling critical information systems. Experts disagree about what constitutes cyber warfare and whether such a thing exists.

Cyber attacks on companies are often planned and inspired by monetary gain. Reaching a social or political argument – for example, by hacktivism – can be another inspiration. Spying on rivals for undue advantage is an example of espionage.

Types of Cyberwarfare

Spionage is a form of espionage


PRISM is a secret monitoring scheme in which the National Security Agency (NSA) receives consumer data from companies like Facebook and Google.

Traditional spying, like cyber-espionage, is not an act of war, but both are often thought to be underway between major powers. Despite this presumption, certain events can result in severe conflicts between nations, and they are often referred to as “attacks.”


Computers and satellites that coordinate other operations are sensitive system elements that could cause equipment to fail. Military networks, such as C4ISTAR modules that handle commands and messages, maybe hacked or maliciously replaced if they are compromised. Infrastructure such as power, water, diesel, communications, and transportation may all be affected. The civilian domain is also at risk, according to Clarke, who points out that cyber breaches have now extended beyond compromised credit card numbers, and that future targets include the electric power grid, trains, and the stock exchange.

A denial-of-service (DoS) attack is a form of cyber-attack that

A denial-of-service (DoS) or distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make a computer or network resource inaccessible to its intended users in computing. DoS attackers also target high-profile web servers, such as banks, credit card payment gateways, and even root nameservers, for their attacks. To carry out these large-scale attacks, DoS attacks frequently use internet-connected computers with insecure security mechanisms. DoS threats aren’t only limited to computer-based methods; strategic physical attacks on networks can be almost as damaging.

Grid of electrical power

The United States federal government acknowledges that the electric power grid is vulnerable to cyberwarfare.

  The US Department of Homeland Security works with businesses to find bugs in control device networks and to help them improve their security. As the next generation of “smart grid” networks is created, the federal government is still working to ensure that protection is built-in.  According to current and former national security officials, rumours emerged in April 2009 that China and Russia had compromised the US electricity grid and left behind automated systems that could be used to sabotage the infrastructure.

Publicity stunts

Cyber propaganda is an attempt to manipulate public opinion by controlling information in whatever shape it can take. It’s a kind of psycholEconomic upheaval. WannaCry and Petya (NotPetya) ransomware attacks in 2017 caused widespread disturbances in Ukraine, as well as in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, pharmacy firm Merck, shipping firm Maersk, and other organisations around the world. These attacks are classified as cybercrimes, especially financial crimes since they have a negative impact on a business or entity like Russia. “This is a form of system warfare that aims to delegitimize the political and social framework that our military’s strength is based on.”

Unexpected cyber-attack

Scholars have questioned the concept of a “cyber Pearl Harbor,” drawing parallels to the historical act of war. Others also coined the phrase “cyber 9/11” to emphasise the nontraditional, asymmetric, or unconventional nature of cyber activity against a regime.

Conclusions and Future directions

Cyber protection is a multifaceted issue. There is a large body of literature on the subject that discusses how it is linked to a variety of issues that lead to the advancement of cybersecurity research and practice.

What Is Cyber Warfare’s Next Step?

Both cyber-attacks are now organised and coordinated by humans. Artificial intelligence is likely to formulate and carry out these tasks in the future. AI programmes will be able to analyse and hack into safe systems quicker than humans, and they will be able to interrupt systems on a much larger scale than ever.

Blockchain can be one of the most effective ways to protect from cyber-attacks. It will keep networks safe and defend data from intruders. Cyber-attacks are expected to become more frequent in the coming years, and we will almost certainly see a full-scale cyber-warfare incident in the next decade.

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