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Knowing about the Cyber Warfare

Updated: Jun 7

What have we covered?

  • Introduction to Cyber Warfare

  • Types of Cyber Warfare

  • Examples of Cyber Warfare Operations

  • How to prevent Cyber Warfare?

  • Wrapping it up…

  • FAQs


Introduction to Cyber Warfare

As scary as it sounds, Cyber Warfare is more than just a word. It’s a threat. A threat towards not just your mobile phones, or your PCs, but your WHOLE country! Yes, you read that right.


Cyber Warfare is a war. It is a series of attacks against a country. The primary motive behind this cyber attack is to create a disturbance in the functioning of the basic infrastructure and various critical systems that may create a havoc or even cost lives.


In this blog, we will discuss what are the types of Cyber Warfare, the examples we have and what are the ways to combat it.


So, let’s get started.


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Types of Cyber Warfare

Cyber Warfare is a serious threat to the security of a country. Our recent history speaks a number of examples where Cyber Warfare was witnessed. These attacks are majorly carried out by terrorist groups and rebellions who want to seek a personal goal or personal gain.


There are primarily 7 types of Cyber Warfares, let’s take a look: -


1. Sabotage- Protection of sensitive information is necessary from employees. Dissatisfaction of employees may cause sabotage.

2. Espionage- This refers to stealing of information by using Botnets attack through computers.

3. Denial-of-Service (DOS)- DOS attacks are the ones where your website gets a number of requests, forcing the website to accept each one.

4. Electrical Power grid- Attacks on Power Grid disrupts critical functions like communication and infrastructure.

5. Propaganda Attacks- Also known as manipulation, propaganda attacks attempt to control the minds of people.

6. Economic Disruption- Banks, Stock Markets, payment systems are easy targets of economic disruption.

7. Surprise Attacks- The motive is to attack the target that the enemy wasn’t expecting. It is meant to weaken the defences.




Types of Cyber Warfare

Examples of Cyber Warfare Operations

In this section we will discuss the examples that our recent history has of Cyber Warfare.


1. The Stuxnet Worm- The Stuxnet Virus attacked the Iranian Nuclear Program. It seriously damaged the manufacturing ability of Iran’s Nuclear Weapons.

2. The Estonian Statue- Also known as the Bronze Soldier, it was a statue that was dislocated in Estonia, for which, it suffered a number of cyberattacks in the following months.

3. The Russian Fancy Bear Attack- The Fancy Bear was a group organized by the Russians to target the artillery rocket forces between 2012 to 2016.

4. The Sony Pictures Attack- This attack was attributed to the North Korea’s Dictator, on Sony Pictures. It was due to the release of a film “ The Interview” that potrayed a negative character of the dictator.

5. The Enemies of Qatar- The Qatar government was sued in 2018 by an American Fundraiser. The Enemies of Qatar is said to have officials from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and The United Arab Emirates.



How to prevent Cyber Warfare?

The answer is- Cyber wargame. Cyber Wargame is basically a simulation or a mock of Cyber Warfare.


Through Cyber Wargame, one can test how much ready a country or an organization is to combat Cyber Warfare.


Though we are still unclear as we do not have an international law that governs the cyber weapons, but we can always rely on our practices that would help us stay protected from such mishaps.


With Cyber Wargame, one can improve their defence for Cyber Warfares. One can do that by:


· Improvement of Policies

· Testing creative scenarios

· Collaboration and Co-operation in labour

· Testing different situations



Operational National Security Policies for a Layered Defense Approach Includes

With the constant threat of Cyber Warfare, several countries have adopted Operational National Security Policies for defence. These include:


• Create obstacles to breaching the network

• Utilize web application firewalls (WAF) for quick detection, investigation, and to block malicious traffic

• Respond to a breach and restore business operations quickly

• Facilitating cooperation between the public and private sectors

• Seek local hackers as a resource for protection against foreign cyber threats


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Security of Private sectors is also necessary to promote Corporate Security, which will in turn promote national security.


The set of measures to promote Corporate Recruiting are:


• Cyber ecosystem security

• Promoting awareness for cybersecurity

• Promoting open standards to safeguard from cyber threats

• Implementation of a National Cybersecurity Assurance Framework

• Collaboration with the private organizations for improvement in their cybersecurity capabilities




Set of Measures to Promote Corporate Cybersecurity

Wrapping it up…

Cyber Warfare is a set of planned attacks that are mostly carried out by terrorists or rebellions. Cyber Warfare is a serious destruction primarily targeted to a country altogether.


In the above blog, we explored how Cyber Warfare has different types. We also got to know the recent history of Cyber Warfare on various countries and firms by malicious attackers. At last, we got to know how to protect and prevent ourselves from Cyber Warfare.


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FAQs:


1. What are the types of Cyber Warfare?

The types of Cyber Warfare are:

1. Sabotage

2. Espionage

3. Denial-of-Service (DOS)

4. Electrical Power grid

5. Propaganda Attacks

6. Economic Disruption

7. Surprise Attacks


2. What are the set of measures to promote Corporate Recruiting?

The set of measures to promote Corporate Recruiting are:

• Cyber ecosystem security

• Promoting awareness for cybersecurity

• Promoting open standards to safeguard from cyber threats

• Implementation of a National Cybersecurity Assurance Framework

• Collaboration with the private organizations for improvement in their cybersecurity capabilities


3. What are the Operational National Security Policies for defence?

The Operational National Security Policies for defence are:

• Create obstacles to breaching the network

• Utilize web application firewalls (WAF) for quick detection, investigation, and to block malicious traffic

• Respond to a breach and restore business operations quickly

• Facilitating cooperation between the public and private sectors

• Seek local hackers as a resource for protection against foreign cyber threats


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