Forget about nuclear warheads, genetically mutated strains of viruses, and other weapons of mass destruction capable of wiping out entire civilizations; it seems that the next big war will be fought completely behind the scenes through the Internet. Okay, maybe it’s not a good idea to completely forget about those things, as they are still quite frightening, but recent events and evidence do point to cyberattacks as the next big thing in world ravaged by war. Unfortunately, taking the violence to the virtual world is just as likely to result in countless innocent lives loss as any other method of war.
Fighting War on the Digital Frontier: Methods of Attack
With more and more devices connecting to the internet- the number is expected to reach into the trillions this year- and just about every type of infrastructure tied to computers somehow, there are many potential ways to attack a country through cyberspace. A few of the biggest threats include:
Of course, there are many other potential avenues of attack that could be used in a cyberwar, and all of them are equally as scary as a weapon of mass destruction. Building a strong cyber defense is becoming more important than ever before.
In the “weird tech news” category, Obama will now be forced to respond to the rather insane petition to create a Death Star of our own by 2016, now that said petition has received the required 25,000 signatures needed for an office reply. What started out as a joke (at least it seemed like a joke!) will now require the United States President to take make an official reply to the petitioners. Will Obama consider the request? That remains to be seen!
As the days fly by and December 21st, 2012 ticks closer each second, there are still a few holdouts who are convinced that it’s all going to come to a crashing halt on that magical day. Despite the fact that the alleged Mayan prediction has been discredited to the fullest extent, and scientists has been swearing up and down that the world is in fact going to continue, plenty of people are still planning their end of the world parties just in case.