People around the world are worried about the tension between the US and Iran. There are fears of war between the two. On June 20, after Iran’s American drone was dropped, the US military made a cyber-attack on Iran’s computer system. Two days later, the Department of Internal Security reported that there was an increase in malicious cyber activity against US industry by hackers belonging to Iran. If seen, both countries are already at war.
Rapidly growing cyber-attacks are proving to be a test for future warfare. Compared to traditional military combat, the problem of computer disturbances is not noticed. But, there are new dangers associated with it. There are no international rules to control digital battles. Its target may be industry, infrastructure and common citizens. “There is no acceptable definition of a cyber-attack,” said James Clapper, former director of US National Intelligence. America is very powerful in this new region. In Fort Meade, Maryland, military hackers and coders have a long list of potential targets. This command was created in 2009. Command has played a major role in planning cyber warfare after President Donald Trump’s government empowered commanders. The US Parliament has also approved online campaigns as a traditional military activity.
Such a cyber movement for US-Iran espionage has been going on for more than ten years. Cyber-attacks can also cause heavy losses. It is believed that in 2010, the US-Israel jointly stalled the uranium decontamination plant at Natanz, Iran. In 2016, a New York court sentenced an Iranian citizen Hamid Firuji to hack the control system of a dam near New York City. In a 2018 Carnegie Foundation report, Iran is gearing up for a world in which such action is part of the weapons of war. So far no one has paid attention to the cost of cyber warfare. The US has been affected by several incidents of hackers shutting down computer networks and opening them for money. More recently, the city of Baltimore had to pay $ 1.8 million to regain control of its data.
Efforts to overcome such a conflict between threats have increased. For several years, United Nations officials have been preparing a treaty like the Geneva Convention to protect civilians from governments’ cyber-attacks. In any case, soldiers will be safe from digital warfare, but relief organizations like hospitals will be affected by the stalling of enemy infrastructure.