How Cyber War Has Grown Over Time
A look at how cyber war has evolved over the course of time.
The physical invasion of Ukraine may have begun in March 2022, but the country has been facing assault since January. At the beginning of the year, hackers disabled more than 70 government websites in Ukraine. Hours before Russian troops invaded, Ukraine was hit by new malware designed to wipe data. Cyber war preceded their conventional war with Russia. Some officials worry Ukraine served as a testing ground for cyber weapons; Ukraine’s tech infrastructure is similar to Western Europe and North America, but they have limited resources for counterattacks.
What will the new generation of cyber war look like? The connection between cyber and physical assets are growing, bringing greater risk to both network and physical infrastructure’s security. Cyber attacks can destroy technology or explode power infrastructure. Cyber war takes these harms to the next level, making impacts similar in scale to natural disasters. Knocking out a power grid, for example, would replicate the conditions of the 2021 Texas freeze, killing hundreds and cutting off access to electricity, food storage, and water access. Despite being ranked the most cyber secure country, almost every American fears cyberwar against the US. Only 19% think the government can protect its citizens on this front.