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What is Cyberwarfare?
Cyberwarfare is probably one of the most advanced forms of weaponry that can bring about negative influences on the one being aimed at. This is sometimes referred to as the fifth domain of the warfare next to the land, sea, air, and space.
The term Cyberwarfare usually indicates hacking that is influenced mostly by politics and this is done in order to successfully perform both spying and sabotaging. This kind of attack is massive in nature and it is also digitally-synchronized for the purpose of having a successful attack by the government or groups of citizens against another.
Next war is being carried out online
Cyberwarfare is a type of information warfare which is also similar to the conventional warfare. But then, relating cyberwarfare with conventional warfare became an issue due to the level of precision of each of the attacks as well as the political motivation behind these two.
Based on the results of its use, it was proven that there is no such thing as restrictions when utilizing cyberwarfare. In addition, most of the established objectives are accomplished when making use of this kind of wide-ranged assault. There were various types of attacks that were recorded by security specialists as part of the cyberwarfare and these are the following: sabotage, electrical power grid, vandalism, and information gathering.
According to experts, there can possibly be a political influence behind defensive and offensive hacking. However, there is always an evident similarity between the protective methods as well as simple computer security.
Cyberwarfare being carried out by advanced trojans
Cyberwarfare may be initiated with the use of the tools regarded as cyber weapons. These devices are just basic programs with a determined purpose of either providing strong defense or initiation of an assault. Wide array of these cyber weapons are found all over the internet in large numbers. However, the more complicated and updated programs are kept in private by the authorized individuals.
Nations can do more harm faster and without using heavy military warfare
By launching Cyberwarfare attacks it is possible to take down nuclear or regular power plants rending a defense vulnerable.
Taking down key infrastructure can be done easily and in a short amount of time.
As it was shown with worm attacks on nuclear powerplants in Iran launching a "cyber missile" as a trojan can be overly effective.
It is possible to shutdown key infrastructure such as hospitals, Government installations, tele communication, water supply, electricity, food supply, radio and cause a big panic.
Cyber Criminals can cause havoc and panic online
Remote black hat attackers can be paid to carry out advanced attacks on infrastructure. They can be working as cyber hitmen taking orders from the highest bidder.
It is recommended to carry out cyberwarfare drills regularly and being prepared for attacks.
Cyberwarfare attacks are inevitable it is just a matter of time.