Cyber Espionage: The Danger of Ignoring the ‘Espionage’

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Cyber Espionage: An Overview

Cyber Espionage is a telltale and a suggestive title: it tells you quite literally what the term entails. And what the term entails is a purely cyber version of what James Bond and Sherlock Holmes would otherwise flaunt: spying. But it is not simply at spying that the problem ends – cyber espionage is something decidedly more sinister and something decidedly more deadly. Cyber Espionage is said to have happened when one party or individual try and pry into the computer system of another without their express permission. Such prying usually is done so as to extract information from the other party: information that is crucial and confidential. If not individuals with malicious intent going around snooping into other people’s computer systems what usually happens is a group pf individuals being the perpetrators behind acts such as these. This group of people can very well range from a group of petty cyber criminals, to well organized cyber terrorists, or nation states, which in this case happens most commonly. Read: Cyber Terrorism & Cyber Attack Prevention Tips

Who Engages in Cyber Espionage?

That two rival nation states should engage in acts of cyber espionage so as to get to each other’s secrets has been a long standing tradition in the history of rival states: only where the spying in old days used to be of a different mettle, it has moved on to cyber circles as of now. Not only nation states but rivals of any sort have been known to engage in such petty behavior – it could be rival companies or rival states, but engagement in such activities has remained to this day a staple despite the fact that countries, when accused of such an act, are quick as lightning to deny any and all involvement in such.

China, Russia, the States and Cyber Espionage

Of course where cyber espionage is involved, it is only plausible that the names of China and the United States should pop up since the two are the hegemonies pitted against each other in a battle for power that is expressly military. The acts of spying – through cyber means – and extracting important information, using it to obtain authority to secrets, etc., has long remained part of the accusations hurled at both the countries albeit they have both vehemently destroyed it many a time. In fact the issue of cyber spying between China and the United States reached such a telltale momentum that back in the day Amitai Etzioni even made the suggestion that China and the States should come to some kind of mutual agreement with regards cyber defense, and that both should adhere to the dignity of such a mutual agreement. This agreement sort of did come to be materialized in 2015 when China and the United States did agree to not let parties in their nations to spy for commercial gain, however neither nation made any mention of governmental spying which is a fact that was duly noted by analysts. Other than China, Russia too has been at the receiving end of such criticism, and it too has had its part in denying such accusations, disregarding the non-discreet existence of The Dukes, a well-known and highly organized cyber espionage group which is believed to be puppeteer by the Russian forces.

There can be no denying the fact that espionage has been a staple of warring nations for long periods of time – even extending back to the time when World Wars were in full swing and the infamous Enigma Code was being decoded. These days the activity has only reached newer, greater heights that has opened darker and deeper ways for warring nation states to pick bones with each other.

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