Swedish Cyberintelligence

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The good thing about studying information and communication technologies is, there is always something in the news you can worry about.This time I found an interesting article according to the poll. The Swedish National Defence Radio Establishment (Forsvarets Radioanstalt (FRA) has been target of Denial-of-Service attacks. In the articles it is said that the attacks might be caused by the attempt to monitor all Internet traffic which passes through Sweden.

If this is true, I guess the attacks are somehow justified. I mean seriously, proclaiming free Internet but trying to seize it is not good politics. If my memory serves me right one of the thirteen backbone DNS servers (I) is situated in Sweden. A coincidence? I don’t think so.

Anyway, what lesson does this event teach us? The inhibition threshold (again) seems to be not that high for violating national laws via cyberspace. Conducting a DoS attack does not seem like a big deal for a lot of people. Let me think of a suitable analogy in real life. I can’t imagine some guys going to the office of FRA and taking some nails, a hammer and some planks in order to barricade the door so that nobody could enter. Who would do that? And what would be the consequences? In my opinion you would easily get caught and should have a very good explanation for what you have done. If the guys conducting the DoS did it sophisticated enough nobody will ever know who it was. Furthermore, you don’t have to be in the same city, not even in the same country to start this kind of attack.

This action probably was an act of civil disobedience. If you translate this act of disobedience to war the assumption would be, that cyberwar could occur more easily than normal war because the inhibition threshold is not as high as the real counterpart. Interesting though, how does the other party react?

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