Friday Link Roundup: Hackers and Cyberwarfare

I’m bringing back the Friday Link Roundup today with an interesting topic that is starting to see more coverage across various media outlets again: Cyberwarfare.

Previously, this coverage was usually in the realms of hysterical pieces about how your son could be an evil hacker; or how one teenage kid could bring down a whole country with the press of a few keys.  But today, computer and internet technology is far more widespread and utilised by just about all of us.

The recent stand-off between China and Google highlights just how important cyber-security has become, with both China and the U.S. governments weighing in against one another with accusations of cyberwarfare.  Not only does the individual computer user need to be more vigilant than ever, but it is now of ever higher importance at the corporate and even national levels and must be followed closely.

So, because of this I’ve brought you five links from various news articles, blogs and websites that are taking a look at hackers and cyberwarfare:

1) Hackers steal millions in Carbon Credits – The big story this week was a massive carbon credit scam that took about $4 million.

2) Google teams up with National Security Agency – A worrying partnership sees Google get into bed with one of the world’s largest spy networks.

3) Cyber warfare: Should we be on the cyber offensive? – Blog post by an information security expert on the increased focus on cyberwarfare.

4) China accuses U.S. of cyberwarfare – The battle of words continues to go back and forth between the two superpowers.

5) First man ever charged with VoIP hacking pleads guilty – A Venezuelan man pleads guilty to reselling stolen VoIP services.

If you’ve got any other stories about cybercrime or warfare do let us all know in the comments.  It seems inevitable that with the advent of more and more powerful computer-based systems the allure becomes stronger to find ways to abuse weaknesses for personal, or even national, gain.  Are you doing enough to protect your personal systems?  What about your place of work?  Or the country you live in, are they doing enough?


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