Friday, November 30, 2018

NATO Prepares For Cyberwar

NATO says cyber attacks are becoming more "frequent, complex, destructive and coercive"

AFP: NATO exercises cyber defences as threat grows

In a nondescript brick building on the snowy edge of Estonia's second city Tartu, soldiers in camouflage tap silently at computers. They are troops manning the 21st century's front line.

With its harsh lighting and partitioned desks, the room could be any soulless office. But this is NATO's "cyber range" and these men and women are running the alliance's biggest cyber warfare exercise, an electronic defensive drill dubbed Cyber Coalition 2018.

The activity is taking place just 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the border with Russia, seen by the West as the biggest cyber threat after a string of attacks blamed on the Kremlin. Targets have included world sports bodies, the US Democratic Party and the world chemical weapons watchdog in the Netherlands.

NATO says such assaults are becoming more "frequent, complex, destructive and coercive", and are launched not just by state actors like Russia, China and North Korea but also by criminal gangs intent on extortion and "hacktivists" looking to embarrass big organisations.

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Update: NATO Readies for Cyber Threats on Russian Doorstep (Blooomnerg)

WNU Editor: 700 participants are involved .... NATO cyber exercise with 700 participants held in Tartu (BNN).

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