The Future of International Cyber Attacks

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

computer screen cyber attack (Idaho National Laboratory/flickr)

In the tech world, "hackers" are variously freedom fighters, poorly behaved geniuses, truth tellers, underground rock stars, and dangerous criminals where the objective is denial of service, identity theft, or exposure of private, even classified, data to the public.

In the world of cyber warfare, the objectives are much bigger: full scale attack on the GPS system that millions of civilians and military personelle rely on, destroying the digital backbone of the national power grid, invading and destroying the electronic systems of transferring money to shut down the economy, disabling a city transportation system to turn the roads into gridlocked chaos to make way for perhaps an even more devastating conventional attack. The list goes on.

It is these scenarios that James Lewis, former diplomat and a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has explored in his work war-gaming cyber attacks.


James Lewis

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.