As we fight against our enemies overseas, Cyberwarfare is a growing problem in the United States. Cyberwarfare creates chaos, disrupting defense systems, air traffic control and telecommunications. Those seeking to harm us include foreign nations, criminal groups (including the mafia), hackers, hacktivists (whom are politically motivated), disgruntled insiders and terrorists (domestic or international). Our vulnerability stems from how interconnected we are. As businesses become more efficient through networks, this creates a weakness that will require proper defensive and offensive strategies to combat.
In September 2010, a malicious worm called “Here you have” was unleashed causing mass chaos. The worm crashed systems, computer networks and email servers. It was able to disrupt large U.S. organizations: Disney, Proctor and Gamble, Wells Fargo, AIG, NASA and others. This worm was linked back to a cyber jihad group called Tariq ibn Ziyad. The following link is from the individual whose nickname is Iraq Resistance and has claimed responsibility for the worm: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=iqziad.
Thankfully, these attacks have not gone unnoticed. The Chief of Naval Operations in January of this year established the U. S. Fleet Cyber Command. Adm. Gary Roughead, CNO, stated during a ceremony at Fort George G. Meade, MD, “The cyber domain is a domain all its own – one of great opportunity, new discoveries and vexing challenges. It is one in which Fleet Cyber Command must forge boldly ahead.”
For more information on the Cyber Command, visit http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=50954.
Additionally, Splunk, a company that makes the world’s leading software, to monitor, report and analyze live streaming IT data, hosted a cyber security panel with government leaders and industry experts on November 18, 2010. The goal of the session was to discuss the importance of continuous monitoring of federal networks.
The trend of Cyberwarfare cannot be taken lightly. Our enemies will use any avenue possible to infiltrate our country and cause economic hardship. We, as citizens, need to understand the importance of keeping our networks secured and pray the powers that be can find the answer to prevent further damages.