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In case of cyber attack: NATO members ready to pledge mutual defense

In case of cyber attack: NATO members ready to pledge mutual defense | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
More cooperation on cyber defense among members of North Atlantic alliance.
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«The United States and the other 27 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization plan to aid the defense of any other NATO country in the event of a major cyber attack, according to an agreement that will be ratified this week at a major alliance meeting.

On Thursday, NATO members will meet with 40 partner countries at a major summit in Wales, United Kingdom, to discuss the future security of the region. While the conflict in eastern Ukraine will dominate the meeting, the alliance will also agree to work together to defend its communications network and aid each other against major cyber attacks.

The policy, endorsed by NATO ministers in June, will task NATO countries with sharing information on cyber threats, lending expertise to harden member nations' communications and information systems (CIS), and working with industry partners to improve NATO's ability to respond to cyber attacks«

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Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion? | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"Security software companies Symantec and McAfee are touting inflated cybercrime numbers—no doubt good for business.

There is little doubt that a lot of cybercrime, cyberespionage and even acts of cyberwar are occurring, but the exact scale is unclear and the financial costs are difficult to calculate because solid data is hard to get. Relying on inaccurate or unverifiable estimates is perilous, experts say, because it can tilt the country's spending priorities and its relations with foreign nations. The costs could be worse than the most dire estimates — but they could be less, too."

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Obama Ordered Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

Obama Ordered Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Even after the Stuxnet computer worm became public, President Obama accelerated cyberattacks against Iran that had begun in the Bush administration, temporarily disabling 1,000 centrifuges.

"From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program."

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Cyber and Drone Attacks May Change Warfare More Than the Machine Gun

Cyber and Drone Attacks May Change Warfare More Than the Machine Gun | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Wars fought by machines and on the Internet might change the moral calculus of how and when we fight.

"From state-sponsored cyber attacks to autonomous robotic weapons, twenty-first century war is increasingly disembodied. Our wars are being fought in the ether and by machines. And yet our ethics of war are stuck in the pre-digital age."

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Cyberwar Is Already Upon Us

Cyberwar Is Already Upon Us | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

Although most information on cyberwar's repercussions -- most notably the 1997 Eligible Receiver exercise -- remains classified, suffice it to say that their effect on U.S. forces would be crippling.


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Inside the secret digital arms race: Facing the threat of a global cyberwar - Feature - TechRepublic

Inside the secret digital arms race: Facing the threat of a global cyberwar - Feature - TechRepublic | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
As nations spend billions of dollars stockpiling digital weapons and tension grows between them, the risk of world cyber warfare has suddenly turned offensive.
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"The internet of things, and even wearable tech, bring with them great potential, but unless these systems are incredibly well-secured, they could be easy targets to compromise.

Cyberwarfare might seem like a remote, fanciful threat, but digital weapons could create the most personal attacks possible. Sure, it's hard to see much horror lurking in a denial of service attack against your internet-enabled toothbrush (or the fabled internet fridge) but the idea of an attack that turned your gadgets, your car or even your home against you is one we need to be aware of.

We tend to think of our use of technology as insulating us from risk, but in future that may no longer be the case. If cyberwar ever becomes a reality, the home front could become an unexpected battlefield."

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How Obama Was Dangerously Naive About STUXNET and Cyberwarfare - Technology Review

"A Times exposé suggests that the White House failed to consider how our own cyberweapons would be used against us.

Then, in Summer 2010, an event the administration should have anticipated occurred: The STUXNET worm got loose and started replicating outside the Iranian enrichment plant that had been its target. In the wild, on the Internet, its was exposed for everyone to see.

1. Proliferation of STUXNET code, with unknown targets.

2. “Industrial-grade” control system malware almost revealed at a Dallas information security conference.

3. Industrial Control System hacking "toolkit" released.

4. STUXNET code showed up in an "indestructible" zombie botnet that has infected millions of PCs."

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Cyberwarfare takes Heidegger's ideas to their logical end

Cyberwarfare takes Heidegger's ideas to their logical end | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Cyberwarfare offers governments the prospect of waging casualty-free wars, writes John Naughton...
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Netwar 2.0: the convergence of streets and networks - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

About one year ago, the world attention turned to the nascent powers of expression and action of networked multitudes first in the Wikileaks battle and, subsequently, in the Arab revolutions and the social movements 15M and Occupy.
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Cyber-Allies: Strengths and weaknesses of NATO’s cyberdefense posture | Cyber Warzone

"NATO has more of a history with cybersecurity than is widely known. With its new strategy and continued investments, the Alliance seems to want to expand its cybersecurity capabilities and responsibilities dramatically."

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