What are the future perspectives, trends, and patterns in cyber crime?
This is a very important question. As you know the Internet is growing at a rapid pace, which is great in many ways, but also dangerous, because these are crimes that can be committed on the Internet. I would say that one of the most pernicious crimes comes from cyberwarfare.
Cyberwarfare is Internet-based war, which involves politically motivated attacks on information and information systems thought the Internet. Cyberwarfare attacks can shut down essential networks, steal or alter classified data, and cripple financial systems.
The scary thing about this is that any country or any person can wage cyberwar on any other country, irrespective of resources, because the Internet democratizes power.
Here are some examples of cyberwarfare:
- In 1998, the United States hacked into Serbia's air defense system, which compromised air traffic control and facilitated the bombing of Serbian targets.
- Recently, there were espionage hacks on Google, Western Engery Companies, and government networks in South Korea.
- Here is a quote from the New York Times to give you a sense of the reality of cyberwarfare: "Just before the American-led strikes against Libya in March, the Obama administrationdebated whether to open the mission with a new kind of warfare: a cyberoffensive to disrupt and even disable the Qaddafi government’s air-defense system, which threatened allied warplanes."
As one can tell that this is the new trend and a dangerous one at that. This is why there is special task force in the government to look into cyberwarfare. In many ways this is the new threat to the security of the United States.