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Monday, May 12, 2008

Types of Cyber Attacks

There are several methods of attack in cyber-warfare, this list is ranked in order of mildest to most severe.
  • Propaganda: Political messages can be spread through or to anyone with access to the internet.

  • Gathering data: Classified information that is not handled securely can be intercepted and even modified, making espionage possible from the other side of the world. See Titan Rain and Moonlight Maze.

  • Equipment disruption: Military activities that use computers and satellites for co-ordination are at risk from this type of attack. Orders and communications can be intercepted or replaced, putting soldiers at risk.

  • Attacking critical infrastructure: Power, water, fuel, communications, commercial and transportation are all vulnerable to a cyber attack.

  • Compromised Counterfeit Hardware: Common hardware used in computers and networks that have malicious software hidden inside the software, firmware or even the microprocessors.

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