French Cyber Security Officials Comment on State of Cyber Warfare

Senior officials at the National Cybersecurity Agency of France, herefrom abbreviated as ANSSI, are warning that cyber warfare is something that the world will have to get used to over the next few years.

According to a recent story published by British newspaper The Independent, the ANSSI Director General Guillaume Poupard stated that the current cybersecurity situation around the world is of extreme concern. Aside from hackers working on behalf of governments, the internet is now vulnerable to the nefarious work of extremist factions and sophisticated cybercrime groups.

French intelligence officials believe that a few nations working together to ameliorate the current cyber threats is far from an ideal situation. France is determined to promote working agreements with several countries to contain the current state of affairs, which involve incidents such as sabotage, espionage, theft, disruption, fraud and destruction.

The state of global cyber warfare has not been officially declared due to the surreptitious nature of cyber attacks. In some cases, malicious hacking outfits may be contracted by governments to carry out cyber attacks. One such example was the digital breach of Sony a few years ago; that attack is alleged to have been conducted by the Lazarus Group on behalf of the North Korean government as retaliation over the comedic Hollywood film "The Interview," which featured the assassination of Kim Jong Un, the despotic and combative leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The French election recently won by President Emmanuel Macron was subject to a hacking incident similar to the one carried out in 2016 against the Democratic National Committee in the United States. Although American investigators are convinced that hackers working for the Kremlin were responsible for the attack, French officials have not found any traces of Russian involvement in the attack against Macron's party.

When the WannaCry ransomware attack crippled public health and transportation systems around the world, early news reports suggested that this was the work of a Russian cybercrime group, but later analysis indicated that Chinese hackers may have been responsible. French security officials cited WannaCry as an example of how cyber warfare may develop in the future, meaning that important digital infrastructure may be targeted by hostile forces.

French officials monitoring the aftermath of WannaCry pointed out that more than 230,000 computers were compromised, and that the hackers knew that the infected machines were critical for the operation of national systems such as hospitals and train stations. To read more, click here .

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