Australia is under sustained cyber attack, warns the government. What’s going on, and what should businesses do?
by Mahmoud Elkhodr, Lecturer in Information and Communication Technologies, CQUniversity Australia on June 19, 2020 at 5:21 am
Australia is coming under sustained cyber attack by a ‘state-based’ actor, says Prime Minister Scott Morrison, as hackers try to exploit vulnerabilities in business and government software systems.
Government cybersecurity commission calls for international cooperation, resilience and retaliation
by Benjamin Jensen, Professor of Strategic Studies, Marine Corps University; Scholar-in-Residence, American University, American University School of International Service on May 12, 2020 at 12:35 pm
In the murky world of cyber espionage and cyber warfare, effective deterrence has long been considered out of reach. A government report argues it’s time to change that.
Ransomware attack on sheep farmers shows there’s no room for woolly thinking in cyber security
by Roberto Musotto, Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre Postdoctoral Fellow, Edith Cowan University on March 5, 2020 at 7:06 pm
The wool industry was paralysed for several days after hackers held to ransom the IT system that governs almost all wool sales in Australia and New Zealand. More attacks are a case of if, not when.
Cyberspace is the next front in Iran-US conflict – and private companies may bear the brunt
by Bryan Cunningham, Executive Director of the Cyber Security Policy & Research Institute, University of California, Irvine on January 13, 2020 at 11:48 am
Less overt than conventional military actions, cyber attacks can have dangerous consequences – especially when they target critical infrastructure systems controlled by the private sector.
We aren’t in a cyber war – despite what Britain’s top general thinks
by David J. Lonsdale, Senior Lecturer in War Studies, University of Hull on October 25, 2019 at 9:53 am
Treating non-violent cyber attacks as warfare could lead to unnecessary escalation.
Why Huawei security concerns cannot be removed from US-China relations
by Sascha-Dominik (Dov) Bachmann, Associate Professor in International Law (BU) and (extraordinary) Reader in War Studies (SEDU), Bournemouth University on May 10, 2019 at 11:53 am
Countries may be forced to choose whether they side with the US or China when it comes to Huawei.
US military steps up cyberwarfare effort
by Benjamin Jensen, Associate Professor of International Relations, Marine Corps University; Scholar-in-Residence, American University School of International Service on March 12, 2019 at 10:44 am
A new strategy for U.S. Cyber Command seeks to block enemies from achieving their objectives – but may not be successful, and could have unforeseen consequences.
Cyber spies for hire: efforts to control cyber weapons ignore the agents who use them
by Alexi Drew, Research Associate, King’s College London on February 15, 2019 at 1:19 pm
Cyber attacks need two components – the tools to exploit vulnerabilities and the people with the expertise to deploy them.
With hacking of US utilities, Russia could move from cyberespionage toward cyberwar
by Frank J. Cilluffo, Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University on July 26, 2018 at 7:14 pm
The difference between probing and mapping and actually attacking depends on the intent of the people doing it, which is hard to figure out and may change. The dangers, however, remain worrying.
Is counter-attack justified against a state-sponsored cyber attack? It’s a legal grey area
by Sandeep Gopalan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation) & Professor of Law, Deakin University on March 27, 2018 at 8:15 am
The international community should set bright line rules on appropriate responses to cyber attacks before an expansive reading of the “self-defense” clause triggers war.
Cyber peacekeeping is integral in an era of cyberwar – here’s why
by Helge Janicke, Professor of Computer Science, Head of School Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University on January 29, 2018 at 12:55 pm
Countries affected by prolonged periods of cyber warfare need peacekeeping assistance to recover.
Artificial intelligence cyber attacks are coming – but what does that mean?
by Jeremy Straub, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, North Dakota State University on August 28, 2017 at 2:46 am
It won’t be like an army of robots marching in the streets, but AI hacking is on the horizon.
‘Cyber revolution’ in Australian Defence Force demands rethink of staff, training and policy
by Greg Austin, Professor, Australian Centre for Cyber Security, UNSW on July 3, 2017 at 11:55 pm
The Australian Defence Force’s new Information Warfare Division will require time and political capital to shape a capable workforce.
WikiLeaks Vault 7 reveals staggering breadth of ‘CIA hacking’
by David Glance, Director of UWA Centre for Software Practice, University of Western Australia on March 8, 2017 at 12:23 am
WikiLeaks’ latest release details what it claims is the CIA’s hacking activities, including compromising phones, TVs, cars and becoming an NSA with less accountability.
Politics podcast: Rory Medcalf on the security implications of Donald Trump’s presidency
by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra on November 16, 2016 at 5:11 am
For allies of the United States, the reality of a Donald Trump presidency has just begun to sink in.
If two countries waged cyber war on each another, here’s what to expect
by Bill Buchanan, Head, The Cyber Academy, Edinburgh Napier University on August 5, 2016 at 10:01 am
How the internet has made us terrifyingly vulnerable.
How vulnerable to hacking is the US election cyber infrastructure?
by Richard Forno, Senior Lecturer, Cybersecurity & Internet Researcher, University of Maryland, Baltimore County on July 29, 2016 at 4:58 pm
With the DNC email leak and Trump calling on Russia to hack Clinton’s emails, concern about foreign meddling in the 2016 presidential election process is rising. Is e-voting the next cyber battleground?
The Australian government must take cyber security more seriously
by Greg Austin, Professor, Australian Centre for Cyber Security, UNSW on May 31, 2016 at 11:25 pm
The US and the UK realise the urgent need for serious investment in cybersecurity. So why is the Australian government taking the issue so lightly?
America is ‘dropping cyberbombs’ — but how do they work?
by Richard Forno, Cybersecurity lecturer & internet researcher, University of Maryland, Baltimore County on May 11, 2016 at 10:10 am
The country’s actual offensive cyber capabilities remain shrouded in the classified world. But what is public is enough to discuss potential cyber weapons and how they might be used.
The next Cold War has already begun – in cyberspace
by Conor Deane-McKenna, Doctoral Researcher in Cyberwarfare, University of Birmingham on April 7, 2016 at 10:38 am
Cyber weapons are allowing states to attack each other without fear of retaliation. The consequences potentially are devastating.
Cyberwar is here to stay
by Paul Rosenzweig, Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University on February 24, 2016 at 11:10 am
The openness of the Internet gives an advantage to attackers – but what constitutes an act of war in the electronic world?
The next war will be an information war, and we’re not ready for it
by David Stupples, Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Director of Electronic Warfare Research, City, University of London on November 26, 2015 at 4:35 pm
Warfare is changing, and our approach to dealing with our adversaries must change too.
Anonymous can’t defeat Islamic State, but here’s what it could achieve
by Andres Guadamuz, Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Sussex on November 24, 2015 at 10:08 am
Cyberwarfare may be of growing importance, but some foes must be tackled with more low-tech weapons.
Anonymous hackers could be Islamic State’s online nemesis
by Athina Karatzogianni, Senior Lecturer Media and Communication, University of Leicester on November 18, 2015 at 12:44 pm
Anonymous strives to bring down IS propaganda before it reaches the masses.
In our Wi-Fi world, the internet still depends on undersea cables
by Nicole Starosielski, Assistant Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University on November 3, 2015 at 11:07 am
The cloud lies under the ocean. Thin cables about as big around as a garden hose traverse the Earth’s oceans carrying all our intercontinental internet data.