Blurred Lines: Cyber Security Attacks Become Physical
Last week, Brian Krebs reported that a Russian security vendor was attacked by Molotov cocktails after it published its analysis of an ATM skimmer. When cyber attacks become physical, it is an interesting trend to observe. Unfortunately, it seems the trend has been increasing during the past few years, with reports of physical attacks, “swatting” and even kidnapping, which can all be tied back to cyber security.
Most cyber attacks have real-world consequences, most frequently these consequences are economic; however, some cyber attacks have physical ramifications. For example, Stuxnet attacked Iranian SCADA systems that were being used to enrich uranium gas. The result was the physical failure of centrifuges.
The hacktivist group, Anonymous, also straddles this cyber-physical line. Early Anonymous operations include Project Chanology, which combined denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks with real-world protests. Later Anonymous operations, such as Operation Payback, were conducted almost entirely online through DDoS attacks. More recently, Anonymous has participated in real-world protests, such as the Occupy Movement, donning its eponymous Guy Fawkes masks and taking to the street to demonstrate solidarity.
To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, Blurred Lines: Cyber Security Attacks Become Physical- A Collection of Bromides on Infrastructure