“Cyber war” refers to a very real and very dangerous branch of war. It has been referred to as a “clash of arms”, meaning two warring parties with each trying to build their cyberwarfare capabilities against the other. In cyber-space, this is a lot more important than it is in real space. It’s a fight between hackers and the man (or woman) that can shoot them. So, for instance, if someone has hacked into your company’s system and is currently tampering with information, what do you do? Do you tell them “Cyber war, you’re not messing with me; I’m the boss!”
Unfortunately, in cyberspace there really is no “we’re the boss” scenario. In fact, that’s exactly what the hacker is hoping for. So, when you find yourself or your company in a cyber-war situation, what do you do? Do you tell the hackers “You’re not messing with me, I’m the boss” and pull the plug on your network? The only way to escalate a cyber war would be to attack back.
And what does cyber war look like? Well, first of all, the first attack is usually denial. The hacker might not have actually infected your computer yet, but they’ve caused enough chaos that you won’t know. Denial is often followed by some kind of cyber attack. This cyber attack could be securities fraud, denial of service attacks, or more malicious attacks, like DDoS (direct email delivery control).
Once your computer system has been infected with a cyber war payload, what then? Do you simply try to patch your operating system and hope things will improve. Some people do this, but in the long run, it’s usually more dangerous than it is worth. Let’s look at why.
When you patch, you’re just postponing the cyber war threat. What happens after you patch is an even greater cyber war threat, because the hackers get their data back and can go after your company’s customer databases and credit card information and so forth. In other words, once you patch, you’re just asking for trouble. Why patch?
Let’s not forget the most serious cyber war threat: viruses. Viruses are much more malicious than a mere worm. While worms can be removed by security patches, viruses can also be completely removed by a “worm plague” of the cyber world – an attack that’s as severe as a physical virus attack. The cyber worm attack typically comes in the form of false antivirus scan, which loads up on your computer and starts checking things like your Internet service provider and your Windows registry.
What’s worse is that these bogus antivirus scans often come back after hours and can remain active for days or even weeks at a time. Once loaded, they’ll hit your computer again, and in a growing attack. Once the worm or virus attacks your system, the damage is already done – and there’s usually nothing you can do about it. That’s why it’s so important to deal with a cyber war threat as quickly and effectively as possible.
Security solutions are available that will quickly remove any phony antivirus scan from your system and will make sure it stays away. Make sure you’re on the safe side with a high quality security solution, and always take a few precautions when using the Internet. That way, you can avoid the threat of a cyber war and stay safe from a real cyber war threat.
Always think twice before you click on a link or open an email attachment. If you’re unsure of who it is, or what it wants to do to your system, don’t take any chances. Don’t trust everything that you see on your screen. Only download software from trusted sources, and don’t open attachments in your browser – unless you absolutely know what you’re looking at.
Keep the software running. Fake antivirus scan is only a problem if it loads on your PC when you’re working on something. Some fake software will just block loading of programs and show error messages. This means you’re going to have to switch off the infected program to get rid of the threat. This can be a little bit time-consuming, but not impossible.
It’s easy to avoid a cyber war threat if you’re aware of what’s happening. Don’t take unnecessary risks. Choose reliable software and stay away from unknown web sites. Stay safe and secure.