Week In Tech: are we headed for an all-out cyberwar?
All things cyber-related are dominating the political front and news agenda this week – and not just in the UK. Our favourite time-wasting app Facebook has declared an all-out war on Cambridge University, and the UK has launched a cyber-attack on the Islamic State. It’s not all doom and gloom though: we may have found a way to combat the cyber-threats…
Zuckerberg implied that Facebook had only just discovered that the university has a large psychographics research team, and he is shocked. “There’s a whole programme associated with Cambridge,” he said, “with a number of researchers who were building similar apps” to that constructed by Kogan. Cambridge was also implicated in the banning of a second data broker, Cubeyou, from Facebook on Monday.
The UK has conducted a “major offensive cyber-campaign” against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has revealed. The operation hindered the group’s ability to co-ordinate attacks and suppressed its propaganda, former MI5 agent Jeremy Fleming said. It is the first time the UK has systematically degraded an adversary’s online efforts in a military campaign.
As threat actors weaponize more technology, Cisco researchers have advised government agencies to look to behaviour analytics in order to meet new, self-propagating, network-based threats in 2018. Advances in malware, the increasing use of encrypted web traffic, email threats and sandbox evasion tactics are all adding to the threat landscape designed to undermine government efforts to protect critical infrastructure and public data, according to Cisco’s 2018 Annual Cybersecurity report.
While we may be on the brink of a cyber-war, with threats and attacks coming from social media platforms, through to governments, one thing is clear: further tech tools are needed to win this battle.