World War III: The Cyber War

World War III: The Cyber War

Mandeep Singh Bhatia (Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, India)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/ijcwt.2011070104
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Abstract

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” The above quote by Albert Einstein clearly forecasts the weapons of World War IV, but not anything about the weapons of World War III. What will be the weapons of World War III? How dangerous will World War III be? What will be the impact of World War III? This paper aims to answer these questions. Increasing commercial use of the Internet has heightened the security and privacy concerns. This paper shows the extent of risk to the life of an individual, country and to the whole world from cyber crime, which may lead to the cyber war. So the World War III would be the cyber war with the attacks of cyber bombs by cyber attackers. Further, this paper shows a comparison of cyber and traditional war with the after affects of both types of wars.
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Weapons To Be Used In Cyber War

A cyber weapon is a tool that is used, or designed to be used, with the aim of threatening or causing physical, functional, or mental harm to structures, systems, or living things (Rid & McBurney, 2012). As traditional weapons, the cyber weapons can be low potential or high potential. The low potential weapons are easily available weapons used by many to play and making fun of it. The high potential cyber weapons are the modern high tech weapons in which the target is programmed into the weapon itself. It may be a learning weapon that could observe and evaluate the specifics of an isolated environment autonomously, analyze available courses of action and then take action (Rid & McBurney, 2012).

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