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Cyber attacks - the new way of warfare

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It's in the news here in Australia, because this week it was revealed that cyber attacks had happened to the Parliament and political party servers.  Not sure of all the details, but this is becoming fairly routine in all countries.  It is both criminal entities and state entities that are involved (think elections in US, etc).  In this week's one against the Australian parliament, China was implicated - and was subsequently vehemently denied by them.


But cyberwarfare is affecting countries' ability to defend themselves, as conventional hydraulic war equipment is converted to electrical/computer run, reliant on the web and infrastructure.  This article from the Defence department offers some sobering thoughts:


"Major General Thompson said the weapons used by the Australian Defence Force were changing with an ever-greater reliance on technology into the future, which added an extra level of security concerns.


"When we consider it won't be too long before there is very little in the Australian Defence Force infantry drive in terms of hydraulics," he said.

"Everything will be fly by wire, sail by wire, drive by wire....


He said there were two main reasons the nature of warfare was changing from soldiers with guns to soldiers armed with keyboards.

"The cost of entry into this area is incredibly low relative to other military capabilities, [and] there is a greater opportunity for the various uses of cyber space as a society becomes more dependent on information and our electronic devices.""



As countries are becoming increasingly affected by cyber wars, it shows how global security is increasingly on shakier grounds than ever - a country that can't defend themselves despite all the piles of war equipment is a sitting duck.



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