The Dangers Of Cyber Warfare

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It seems every day there is a new headline in the news involving cyber warfare. Across the globe governments and their citizens are being affected by cyber warfare more than ever before. From the Ukraine to America’s very own elections anyone plugged into the internet is impacted by this new and mysterious form of attack. However, it seems to have become overshadowed by the recent presidential election and other major headlines and shoved into the back of the general public’s minds. This issue needs to be addressed as soon as possible or the fallout could be devastating. Attacks can cause individuals to lose all of their financial assets, or in extreme situations cause entire governments to shut down. This issue needs to be addressed in more …show more content…
Only in the past few decades has it been effective enough to be used by militaries and criminal groups to reach their goals. NATO claims that the first cyber attack occurred in 1988 and destroyed computer systems by inserting a virtual worm into the systems causing them to slow down so much that they became unusable (Review). The person responsible for this attack now works as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which shows the intellectual ability required to attempt a cyber attack when it was first proved effective. For the next two decades cyber warfare slowly became more dangerous but was not thought of as a major threat until 2006 when NASA discovered they were at risk of being hacked. They were forced to delay shuttle launch plans in order to secure their systems and prevent them from being tampered with (Review). Since then cyber attacks have become more frequent and become so complex that it has caught the attention of world leaders. Attacks have become so common that those paying attention know how much of a threat cyber warfare really is. Over the past few years nations have become more aware of the dangers and are beginning to take steps to prevent the damages that can be done. Many nations are beginning to assemble specialized teams and hold high level meetings in order to combat these hackers and protect their citizens. Cyber warfare …show more content…
Before the presidential election, there were many rumors going around that Russia was tampering with the election, more specifically the primaries. If these rumors are true then cyber warfare has affected the very foundation of the American Democracy. Although primaries are technically not officially a part of the government, they do play a major part in the deciding of the next President of the United States of America. The New York Times stated on October 7th, “The U.S. government for the first time on Friday formally accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election” (Reuters). This was after Newsweek stated back in August, “Officials and cyber security experts say recent breaches at the Democratic National Committee and elsewhere in the Democratic Party were likely carried out by people within the Russian government” (Rinaldi). This is a critical statement because before this time the United States Government had not formally accused Russia of tampering with the elections. This could cause a rift in the relationship between the Russian government and the United States government which has been stable since the end of the Cold War in the 1980s. Russia has denied all allegations of course, but if these accusations are true then this could

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