Hackers are often dismissed as rogue troublemakers, but as technologies get more sophisticated and governments and armies become increasingly reliant on the Internet, the threat they pose to international peace and security is making them a rebel force to be reckoned with.
Military systems depend heavily upon the Internet to communicate, but this can leave sensitive information vulnerable to a malicious cyber attacks. If violated by a hacker or virus, military secrets could be compromised or communications systems shut down.
Cyber attacks can be far more subtle than traditional warfare -- if you know how to cover your tracks that is. This has led to an escalation in tensions between China and the US, two countries at the very forefront of technological advances, both of whom have accused each other of various cyber crimes.
Proving who has done what to do whom is nigh on impossible, but it would be fair to say that both nations have the heebie-jeebies about what the other is up to. China has formed an elite force of cyber warriors to defend against future attacks -- but they're not the only ones taking this relatively new threat extremely seriously.
Intergovernmental military alliance NATO has created a multinational defence team to protect their 28 member states, but they have pointed out that not every country has skilled people who have received the kind of training necessary to work in threat detection roles.
Unlike countries like the the US and the UK who have been ahead of the game for years, many nations lack the trained staff to properly defend themselves should a cyber attack come their way.
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