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It’s Everybody’s Civil War

July 1, 2014

In my continuing series of notes about cyber-warfare, here’s another note that modern warfare includes psychological and some actual battle on the net as much as on the ground.  From the Register:

“Several new botnets using dynamic DNS have been detected, which might have been used for cyber espionage and targeted multi-staged cyber attacks, reportscyber intelligence outfit IntelCrawler.

IntelCrawler adds that harmful activity is concentrated in four Iraq cities: Baghdad Erbil, Basra and Mosul. A lot of malware is home-brewed and much of it has previously featured in the Syrian civil war, where ISIS has become a key player over recent months. A substantial segment of the command nodes used in the cyber-spying were hosted on no-IP domains that later became the target of a controversial Microsoft-led takedown operation this week, IntelCrawler adds.

If you hang around here enough, you know that cyber-intrusion has gone corporate.  You can get malware with 24/7 tech support and affordable monthly maintenance payments.  And taking the jihad to the net means that recruits don’t have to have a flair for travel to exotic locales with a penchant for sand, AK’s, and Reaper drones.  It appears that some of the recruits are merely providing computer time for the struggle.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see some bitcoin mining or trafficking going on to fund the effort to establish a caliphate.

I’m almost concerned that our ideological enemies are getting upper hand in on-the-ground cyber work.  While I’m sure that the US has a broad capability, I’m not positive that we’re actually testing the attack side of the systems as much as the terrorist cells, and certainly not as much as China or Russia.

This is more fodder for the future of wars that have very different borders, and the fact that US “soil” is already under sustained attack seems to be regarded pretty lightly by our citizens.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2014 5:41 pm

    Reblogged this on That Mr. G Guy's Blog.

    • July 1, 2014 10:40 pm

      The Russians who are temporarily running the site say that the Chinese who hacked them after the ISIS terrorists lost their concentration and cancelled the DDoS attack would like to thank some other site with better security for the reblog. We’ll get you next time.

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