Are we ready for cyber war?

War isn’t a new thing. Nations have been fighting against each other for thousands and thousands of years, but the way wars are fought is quickly changing. While physical conflict still exists and governments are still arming their defence forces, conflicts on the internet are becoming increasingly common.

Technology isn’t just taking over our personal and working lives. It’s also transforming the ways countries are run. Governments are constantly implementing new digital and technological structures and, as a result, states can inflict more damage on their enemies through the click of a mouse.

State-backed cyber attacks are becoming far more common, and countries are struggling to cope. There have been notable cyber attacks involving states over the last few years. In 2007, Estonia suffered a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack that brought down crucial government servers and other national infrastructure.

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Dec. 15, 2016