With both state and non-state actors becoming more adept at carrying out attacks in the cyber realm, the threat to global security and economy will continue to grow. This raises the possibility that cyber-attacks could spark an actual conflict outside of the cyber sphere. In just the first six months of this year, the severity of the attacks reached a new high.
Florida Water – In February, a plant operator noticed how the cursor of his computer started moving across the screen and opened software functions that controlled the water treatment process. The hacker was able to boost the level of sodium hydroxide pumped into the water by 100 times its normal level before the attack was thwarted.