US no innocent when it comes to cyberwar
The diplomatic stand-off between the US and Russia over allegations that Russian hackers were actively involved during the US presidential election must be cautiously reviewed.
According to media reports, 17 federal intelligence institutions have concluded that Russia was behind the hacking in an attempt to influence the elections.
Cyberwar is being waged by every nation on earth.
History grimly reminds us that during the presidency of former US president George Bush the US intelligence establishment produced fake documents claiming that Iraq had an arsenal of offensive weapons, including missiles, capable of threatening neighbouring nations.
Those claims were proven to be false, at a cost of one million Iraqis dead.
Cyber 9-11 is a reality across the globe,including the US.
Any number of malicious actors, from powerful states to sophisticated global criminals, could leverage an attack against the US using a variety of stealthy methods.
During 2015, there were 228 000 cyber incidents in the US.
Hillary Clinton’s unwise decision to use a private e-mail server was an invitation for any hacker, private or state sponsored.
In mid-2015, Chinese hackers stole the security clearance of more than 22 million Americans in what was the largest and most catastrophic cyberdata breach in US history.
The US is itself a world leader in global hacking.
The National Security Agency gained access to 258 targets in 89 countries. Its global hacking operations average 280 per year.
Russia, China and the US have fallen into each other’s cyber cross-hairs. JOHANNESBURG