Cyberwarfare Report

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Cyberwarfare is defined as a new generation of war that uses computers and software to attack networks and acquire data or damage important infrastructures to get advantage in a military campaign. Nowadays, cyber espionage to obtain access to data bases is common. By using viruses or spyware hackers can invade military or governmental networks to get classified information in order to gain intelligence. An example was the cyber spy GhostNet supposedly used by China in 2009. According to the report presented by the National Security Institute (NSI) (2009), there is “documented evidence of a cyber espionage network—GhostNet—infecting at least 1,295 computers in 103 countries, of which close to 30% can be considered as high-value diplomatic, political, …show more content…
The operations inside towns and populated areas should be suitable to face some issues such as the number of civilians and the influence of media. The first aspect is the presence of large number of non-combatants. Dense urban areas might have as a result an undesirable number of casualties. The manual JP 3-06 (2013) addresses that “since the beginning of World War II, military operations in urban areas have run the full operational gamut: full-scale ground combat with huge numbers of casualties (Stalingrad, Manila, Seoul); aerial bombing producing hundreds of thousands of casualties in a single day (Dresden and Tokyo); civil war (Beirut, Monrovia); precision bombing (Baghdad, Belgrade); counterterrorism (Belfast)” among others. To minimize these risks, commanders and their staffs should select carefully the targets inside a town and respect strictly the rules of engagement. Thereby, urban warfare can be carried out without killing city populations in large number. Similarly, negative or positive opinion of media can affect the course of operations in urban areas. Negative effects occur for instance when places such as schools and hospitals suffer damage during military action. The media presents these harmful facts and as a result influence the local populations who assume hostile behavior against troops hindering the operations. In contrast, media can be a major collaborator in urban operations. It …show more content…
New ways to reach the military goals require the development of new strategies. The capacity to take control of cyber space for military purposes, the proper use of skills to combat in urban areas and to fight against an enemy that does not wear uniform and most of the time does not have borders define the present perception of modern warfare. Nevertheless, what is currently considered modern might be outdated tomorrow. New technological developments could modify all the present concepts of warfare. Whoever contributes to these developments will be one step ahead in achieving any new

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