“This is a battle without bombs, prison bars or blank inserts in newspapers, but if care is not taken, the enemies of the truth may sweep the board.”
Ang’s research focuses on embedded devices such as routers, printers and VOIP phones. And he is the inventor of a novel, host-based defense mechanism known as Symbiotes. Symbiotes are software defenses “designed specifically to retrofit black-box, vulnerable, legacy embedded systems withsophisticated anti-exploitation mechanisms”. Ang’s work with symbiotes might very well be the first line of defense for your future cybernetically enhanced mind.
Cybercrime groups, governments, and groups of hacktivists tend to lean toward the spread of malicious agents that have the capacity to silently infiltrate their targets, stealing confidential information from them. The Chinese government is considered the biggest aggressor in cyber espionage, while US networks are the privileged targets of cyber attacks that hit every sector, from media to military.
On February 26th, 2012, Dr. Michael Fiske of the Naval Postgraduate School proposed a revolutionary idea: A new computing machine that addresses a root cause of malware.
According an interesting study presented by researcher Sadia Afroz at last edition of Chaos Communication Congress in Germany, the 29C3, up to 80 percent of certain anonymous underground forum users can be identified using linguistics, a data that is stunning in my opinion. Sadia is member of the The Drexel and George Mason universities research team composed of Aylin Caliskan Islam, Ariel Stolerman, Rachel Greenstadt, and Damon McCoy.
What is the evolution? Attack the target network without physically access to it eluding the defense systems adopted to mitigate cyber threats.
Once nations used arms and military power, intimidating opponents in this way. Today the way of fighting is radically changed, the battleground is cyberspace, the armies are composed by groups of hackers and cyber weapons are sophisticated weapons designed to attack strategic targets … and mainly the wars today are silent.