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When The Biggest Hacker On The Block Is Your State

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Jorge Medina
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p Once the province of the bored but gifted teenager or lone wolf technical aficionado, effective cyber attack became the bailiwick of various hacking and hacktivist groups, from the Cult of the Dead Cow, through loose affiliations such as Anonymous, to the very recent emergence of exploit leakers and auctioneers the Shadow Brokers.

Some have political agendas while others profess a desire to counter the perceived lack of professionalism of large software producers.

In the 21st Century, however, nation states have emerged as major offensive players.

From early 21st Century attacks on a variety of US systems (with suspected Chinese involvement), through attacks on Estonia and Georgia (when at loggerheads with their superpower neighbour), to the suspected retaliatory targeting of Sony following an unflattering depiction of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the role of the state looms large.

Carefully crafted cyber attacks ‘work’.

Secondly, attack attribution is fraught.

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