Cyberwarfare / Nation-State Attacks , Events , Fraud Management & Cybercrime

Is Cyber Becoming a Primary Domain of Warfare?

Adi Bleih and Daniel Pigeon on Evolving Cyberthreats in Modern Conflicts
Adi Bleih, security researcher, and Daniel Pigeon, senior product marketing manager, Cyberint

Conflicts between nations are no longer restricted to physical battlegrounds. In the Ukraine-Russia and Israel-Hamas wars, cyber operations now have a heightened focus on critical infrastructure and supply chains. Wiper malware has become a common tool for disrupting targeted organizations, said Adi Bleih, security researcher at Cyberint.

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With their new tools and even greater capabilities, hacktivists are a bigger threat than ever before, marking a shift from a decade ago when they lacked the resources to attack large organizations. There is more of an overlap between nation-state actors, financially motivated cybercriminals and ideologically driven hacktivists, said Daniel Pigeon, senior product marketing manager at Cyberint. The blurred lines between these groups makes it harder to attribute attacks and understand their true motives.

"We see the combination of physical army and the use of cybersecurity teams. And even if the attack is not successful, sometimes the fear and the operation itself may harm the public safety psychologically," Bleih said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at Infosecurity Europe 2024, Bleih and Pigeon discussed:

  • The increased targeting of essential services and the challenges of defending these sectors;
  • Takeaways from a modern cyberwarfare analysis conducted by Cyberint;
  • The psychological component to cyberattacks in a conflict.

Bleih researches current and emerging ransomware groups and cybersecurity threats, trends and technologies, covering topics such as ransomware attacks and APT attacks. Previously, he worked as a threat intelligence researcher at Cybersixgill.

Pigeon is a technical product marketing professional with experience in cryptographic solutions, vulnerability management, threat intelligence and attack surface management. He helps security leaders find and deploy the solutions they need to keep their organizations secure.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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