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Smokey Bear
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Most cyberattacks are launched by the USA, not against them

Softpedia | October 20th, 2012

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In the past few months, United States officials have made numerous statements about the dangers posed by cyberattacks launched by other states against the nation’s infrastructures. However, experts highlight the fact that most of the high-profile attacks are launched by the US, not against them.

F-Secure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen, who has been highly vocal about state-sponsored attacks and high-profile threats in the past period, underscores that most of the campaigns analyzed by security solutions providers have been linked to the US government.

“If we look for offensive cyber attacks that have been linked back to a known government, we mostly find attacks that have been launched by United States, not against them. So far, antivirus companies have found five different malware attacks linked to operation 'Olympic Games' run by US and Israel,” Hypponen explained.

Furthermore, he emphasized the fact that when the New York Times published a report in which it pointed the finger at the Obama administration as being responsible for the attacks, no one denied being involved. All they were interested in was who leaked the information to the press.

“As United States is doing offensive cyber attacks against other countries, certainly other countries feel that they are free to do the same. Unfortunately the United States has the most to lose from attacks like these,” the expert added.
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Cudni
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Like it matters who started first (except as a vague excuse to do exactly the same), for all we know they all come to the same bright idea at the same time

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norwegian
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That's scary when you put in the term "friendly fire".


Secyurityet
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said by Cudni:

Like it matters who started first (except as a vague excuse to do exactly the same), for all we know they all come to the same bright idea at the same time

Cudni

Exactly. And who's been banging on US networks since the late 1980's?


Camaro
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I have no problem with this, and I hope the majority of the attacks are targeted towards China.



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said by Camaro:

I have no problem with this, and I hope the majority of the attacks are targeted towards China.

I agree 100%.


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The fact that the US and Britain developed the atomic bomb for use in WWII did not lessen the danger to both in the days that followed, once that weapon concept had been copied or independently developed by others who were hostile to them. One could develop a long, contentious thread (hopefully over in the Pub rather than here) about the philosophical and/or moral issues revolving around developing and using various weapons, and how that can so often come back to haunt the inventors.

Cyber-weapons are no different. To the degree that the US (with or without others) may have first developed/deployed some of the more overt forms, the fact remains that it is also one of the potential targets with the most to lose from similar actions by others. And that vulnerability exists as a current reality that must be dealt with.
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