Security firm Kaspersky Lab has launched an interactive cyberthreat map that visualizes cyber security incidents occurring worldwide in real time. A quick glance shows that the world is a pretty scary place.
It's called "Snake" and it's being compared to another alleged state-run virus, Stuxnet. And yes, all evidence points to Russia.
The problem with creating Stuxnet, the world's most sophisticated malware worm, is that it could eventually go rogue. Which is precisely what has happened. The US- and Israeli-built virus has spread to a Russian nuclear plant — and even the International Space Station.
Skyfall, the latest Bond flick, wasn't just a fun movie — it also featured the only Bond villain who used evil cyberhacking as the main weapon in his arsenal. Of course movie hacking is rarely accurate (except for that shining moment when Trinity used nmap in The Matrix Reloaded), but it's still fun to pick apart…
In early January, President Obama announced a new strategic direction for the U.S. military, slowing defense budget growth and shifting the military's focus to new threats. The novel strategy will shape military spending for years to come. How will it change the shape of future defense technologies?
For just 0.015% of what the United States spends annually on defense, a computer expert could put together an army of hackers and stealthy programs that could take down any country's cyber-infrastructure. How could we possibly defend ourselves against that?