The relationship between Iran and America had deteriorated to such an extent that other countries are speculating a cyberwar to erupt at any moment. Technically speaking, cyberwar is a digital attack were computer viruses, DDoS campaigns and hacks are expected the digital infrastructure of enemy nations creating damage such as political instability, death of populace or more severe destruction.
Therefore, we can come to the conclusion that the time has come where nations have put aside the usage of conventional weapons like guns and missiles and have started to take the help of cyber attacks to disrupt other nation’s critical infrastructure.
Factually speaking, in such war scenarios, it is not the computer systems that are being targeted on a final note. But it’s the control systems that are being targeted because they are playing a bigger role in managing real-world infrastructures like airports and power grids. And what’s interesting in this saga is that the attack can be launched in disguise from anywhere and it might prove difficult for the investigators to tracking down the perpetrators due to their anonymous presence.
What’s adding fuel to this scenario is the fact that nations that have money and skills have started investigating heavily in such weapons and raising their defense line against cyber attacks.
According to a report compiled by US intelligence, more than 30 countries are seen developing such offensive capabilities in the past 3 years. And with the addition of Artificial Intelligence capabilities, the effectiveness of these weapons is reported to have turned lethal.