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Armed with laptops and smartphones, some 500 members of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) -- one of the world's biggest Muslim organizations -- are seeking to counter the Islamic State group's extremist messages. [Read More]
Microsoft has accepted an invitation from the UN Security Council to address a special debate next week on counter-terrorism and confronting "digital terror", UN diplomats said. [Read More]
The US military's secretive Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) is working to destroy the Islamic State group's Internet connections and leave the jihadists in a state of "virtual isolation," Pentagon chiefs said. [Read More]
The cyber capabilities of the Islamic State and its supporters are still relatively weak and appear to be underfunded and poorly organized, according to a report from Flashpoint. [Read More]
The US military is now conducting cyber attacks on the Islamic State group, a general said Tuesday as the Pentagon looks for ways to accelerate the fight against the jihadists. [Read More]
NSA chief Michael Rogers told Congress earlier this month that Chinese hackers remain "engaged in activity directed against US companies" and that the "jury is still out" on whether China indeed passes intel to the business world. [Read More]
A new cyber-extortion group is sending empty threats extorting organizations by demanding a ransom in order to avoid being hit by DDoS attacks. [Read More]
Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced AUS$230 million in new government funding to strengthen cyber security. [Read More]
Israeli security agencies are on alert over the potential for cyber-attacks by Anonymous, after the hacker group previously targeted the Jewish state each April 7. [Read More]
The Marine Corps has activated a new Cyberspace Warfare Group (MCCYWG) with a mission to train and equip teams to perform both defensive and offensive cyber operations. [Read More]

FEATURES, INSIGHTS // Cyberwarfare

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Ryan Naraine's picture
Thomas Rid, Professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, joins the podcast to discuss the lack of nuance in the crypto debate and the future of global cyber conflict.
James McFarlin's picture
If there were any lingering doubts that cybersecurity is a geopolitical issue with global implications, such opinions were cast on the rocks by discussions this past week at the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
James McFarlin's picture
The overall industry tone of caution around active defenses may be calibrated to defuse the notion rather than taking the argument, buying time for other alternatives to surface.
James McFarlin's picture
Does a dangerous threat lie with ISIS’s possible use of cyber weapons against American critical infrastructure, financial system or other targets? Will such attacks be attempted and do the capabilities exist within ISIS to do so?
James McFarlin's picture
Creative disruption, where a paradigm shift in thinking replaces an existing order, may be an elusive concept but its power as a driving force of human behavior cannot be denied.
James McFarlin's picture
One can only hope our nation’s alarm clocks wake up and stir our national leaders’ imaginations before a cyber incident of the magnitude of 9/11 results in the need for a “Cyber Strikes Commission Report.”
Tal Be'ery's picture
Defenders should use their "Strategic Depth" to mitigate attacks not on the perimeter but deeper within their network where they can leverage on their strategic advantage.
Jeffrey Carr's picture
The term “Tipping Point” is controversial because it has been so widely misused and loosely applied; two abuses that I often see in the cyber security marketplace.
Eric Knapp's picture
Enemy infrastructure is and always has been an important military target. The difference is that with increasingly automated and connected infrastructure, the ability for an enemy to target these systems digitally has increased, putting these systems at greater risk.
Mark Hatton's picture
I believe that no other nation can match the capabilities of the United States military, but at the same time, matching the level of resources and investment in cyber being made by nation states such as China could prove impossible.