Cyber War: The Next Threat to the UAE’s National

Cyber War: The Next Threat to the UAE’s National

  • 18 May 2010

The speaker talked about the importance of cyberspace to the armed forces and its military uses, saying some estimates indicate that 20–30 countries have cyber warfare units including China, Russia, Britain, Israel and Iran. Moreover, cyber warfare can extend from cyberspace to physical arenas and cause physical damage such as the destruction of electric power generators, derailing of trains, destruction of high-voltage power grids, blowing up of oil and gas pipelines, crashing of airplanes, disruption of weapons functioning disappearance of money. He argued that in times of peace too, cyberspace warriors tend to commit harmful acts such as cyber espionage, which is highly efficient and not only aimed at government targets. Cyber warriors also engage in large-scale acts of industrial espionage. He explained that some estimates indicate that the amount of stolen data and information reaches thousands of terabytes, which is ten times the amount stored in the American Congress library. He concluded that countries need to enhance their defenses, not only against cyber warfare but also against the daily threat of cyber espionage. There is also a need for an open international debate about cyber warfare in order to ensure accountability and safety in this modern age.

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Tuesday 18 May 2010

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Tuesday 18 May 2010

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