How NATO Has Prepared For Cyberwar

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By now, the world knows that the future of warfare isn't necessarily physical, but how prepared are world leaders for virtual war and cyber terrorism really? You should ask the inhabitants of K5.

The UK's Guardian newspaper recently profiled the world behind K5, which they describe as "where [NATO's] top computer experts - high-ranking researchers, academics and security specialists - work in teams to analyse potential cyberthreats, and predict exactly how [to] fight virtual wars in the future," and discovered that the outlook is bleak, especially according to Estonian scientist Rain Ottis:

Obviously nuclear weapons do a lot more damage than a cyber-weapon would do in a physical sense - but a single cyber-weapon could have global consequences... Cyber-attacks are very efficient. You don't have to fly to the country you're attacking, you don't need a cell somewhere. All you need is a connection. What happens if your country gets targeted by 25,000 well-equipped, well-trained people who work to achieve the same goal? No country is ready for that.


Yes, that's the kind of thing I want to see our security experts saying. Oh God. We're all headed for cyber apocalypse.

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As long as there are gullible and computer illiterate people - and there will always be oh so many of them - there will be the danger of cyber-terrorism. It's scary how many people I know who have no idea how to choose a good password or how to encrypt their email or how to back up and keep safe their most personal computer-stored data, such as financial information.