Chapter 1

What is Cyber Warfare?


World War II; Cold War; War on Drugs; War on Terrorism—these terms are undoubtedly familiar to most people today. One war-related term that may not be so familiar, though, is cyber war. People everywhere are bombarded with news regarding such Internet events as identity theft via phishing attacks, computer infections due to viruses, patches designed to protect operating systems from hackers, zero-day attacks against smartphones, and privacy compromises on Facebook. Each of these events, among many others, is a form of cyber crime, and all of them must be understood if cybersecurity professionals are to win the cyber war. So, what is cyber warfare, and how can it impact people’s lives and businesses ...

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