Cyber Warfare – The Modern Cold War

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Moscow-Washington nuclear hotline. A remainder of the Cold War, the hotline provided – and still provides – a direct line of communication between the leaders of the US and Russia. Following the Cuban Missile Crisis, the two nations realized how crucial a quick, clear and direct mode of communication between their leaders was.

Eerily, nearly 50 years to the day later, it was announced from the G8 Summit that the nuclear hotline originally set up during the Cold War would serve an additional purpose. Having revised their national security policies to recognize the emerging political-military and criminal threats coming from cyber space, the new hotline will enable the US and Russia to share information on hacking incidents and other cyber-attacks seen in their countries.

This move is a direct reflection of the very real shift in threats we are facing today, and shows that the real ‘ammunition’ to cause damage to the world’s critical national infrastructure is now virtual as opposed to physical. Without doubt, a nuclear attack would cause widespread destruction. Yet the ease and speed at which hackers could potentially take down a power station, for example, is truly sinister – and typically happens with no warning. Cyber-attacks have undoubtedly emerged as one of most serious national and international security challenges we face in the 21st century, and have become the modern-day Cold War weaponry to which governments and militaries need to react, rapidly.

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