In an article published in Hungarian site index.hu, translated by Zoltán Kovács, Bolcsó Dániel and Szémann Tamás posit that WW III has in fact already started in a hybrid warfare form and one of its most prevalent and visible forms, and growing in importance, is cyber warfare.
As the authors posit:
- 2018 saw a significant surge in state-sponsored cyberattacks.
- The most publicised attacks are tied to Russia, but China is the most active in cyber warfare. Iran is becoming a major player as well, but North Korea is also known to have caused some headache. We have the least information on US hackers, though they are likely to be the most dangerous.
- The most popular goal of cyber warfare is espionage, but drastic destruction is not rare either, and sabotage manoeuvres causing actual physical damage are getting more and more frequent as well.
- All active cyber powers maintain their elite team of hackers serving the foreign policy goals of their countries.
Cyberattacks are rarely followed by actual responses, and this makes them even more attractive.
We’ve gathered together data from the last fifteen years to show you the most active participants and the significant trends of the current cyber world war.
We could say that it would pretty much be a good time to begin preparations for World War III, however, the situation is that even if it does not manifest itself in rattling guns and cities laid to ruins, it started years ago. Despite that, this is a front existing without any rules of engagement: there are more and more cyberattacks tied to certain states, but as proving a direct connection is next to impossible, these attacks often go without anyone taking responsibility for them. The risks of such operations are minimal, which means that major world powers would be fools to refrain from using such methods.
Besides using traditional and cyber weaponry, disinformation campaigns and fake news are also integral parts of hybrid warfare, but in this article, we’re focusing only on cyber attacks. We will show you the most important data points of a database following state-sponsored cyberattacks and examples that reveal a cyberwar that seems to be revving up.