Hack The Planet

“For practically as long as there’s been an Internet, vandals, troublemakers and criminals have sought to exploit it. Even before the advent of the personal computer, “phone phreaks” manipulated computerized phone systems to make free long-distance calls.” (Time,2009)

A cybercrime is basically just a criminal activity carried out by means of computers or the Internet. Technically cyber crimes have been possible since the inception of the computers and the Internet but cases of it were very rare and not really publicized. It was not until the late 1990s – early 2000 when PCs got better and Internet connections improved that these ‘cyberthreats’ received widespread attention. Since then the attacks have grown more frequent, more destructive and even been used as tools of war. One of the most popular methods of ‘cyberwarfare’ is a DDoS attack

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information. (Digitalattackmap, 2013)

DDoS attacks use Botnets spread to users through various methods. Once a machine is infected with the Botnet it can be controlled remotely and armys of them are used to flood the servers of online services. As of 2014, the frequency of recognized DDoS attacks had reached an average rate of 28 per hour.(Eweek,2014)

Cyberwarfare has become a legitimate military tactic. Professor Isaac Ben-Israel Chairman of Israel Space Agency is calling rules to cover cyberwarfare “While there are the Geneva Conventions to turn to when there are wars between states or armed conflict, there are no such rules governing the online space.”

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3 thoughts on “Hack The Planet

  1. I have been indirectly affected by DDoS attacks in the past, they really suck! I think DDoS attacks are a kind of cyber weapon, as it can affect businesses and individuals that are online-based, or even take down entire services that can have an adverse effect on the general public. The Distributed Denial of Service attacks are quite dangerous, maybe not in the physical sense, but the can hurt people, either financially or otherwise.

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  2. Great definition of DDoS, it really helped develop my understanding of the concept. I find it interesting, although not surprising, that forms of weapons evolve along with technology. Though when thinking in a traditional sense, it is still hard to comprehend that the interference of technology can be so detrimental in a military situation.

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  3. Good use of definitions. I like how you define ‘cybercrime.’ The word holds such negative connotation – don’t get me wrong, I understand it detrimental effects! – but its good to be reminded that cybercrime can be inclusive of a very wide range of acts, form one extreme to the other

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