Potential Cyber War Influences Modern Societies, Experts Confirm

June 2, 2016 – The internet has fundamentally changed modern societies, emphasized Thomas Rid, Martin Libicki, and Mikko Hypponen speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Conflict today in Tallinn. Each detailed how cyberspace impacts everyday life.

“The internet has no geography,” said F-Secure’s chief research officer Mikko Hypponen explaining how the internet created a future where tangible enemies cease to exist. “By developing the internet, mankind opened up a whole new way of waging war. Cyber war,” explained Hypponen. The term ‘cyber war,’ however, is often used inaccurately, he highlighted, as most attacks are about spying or stealing.

“The distance between system and environment becomes arbitrary,” said Thomas Rid, professor at King’s College London and author of the forthcoming Rise of the Machines explaining that as computers became more prevalent in society and increasingly interconnected, conflict was inevitable. 

“You can collect a great deal of information and distribute a great deal of information online. You do not need to generate mass effects to have the ability generate personalized effects,” Professor Martin Libicki of RAND and a distinguished visiting professor at the U.S. Naval College explained the effects of microtargeting. Mobile phones and social media with its detailed information flow are particularly useful, Libicki said.

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