Bruce Scheiner is talking about a great post at the Boston Review about the new age of cyber-warfare, and how cyber-warfare is greatly exaggerated. I couldn’t agree more. Granted, the US government has a cyber-warfare problem. All governments do, however, the bigger problem that is more real today is cyber-crime. I spoke at the Federal Reserve last week on this exact topic.
Small businesses are now being targeted because they have more money in their accounts and it is easier to transfer larger sums of money out of their accounts without fraud detection going off at banks.
A quote from the review sums it all up:
So why is there so much concern about “cyber-terrorism”? Answering a question with a question: who frames the debate? Much of the data are gathered by ultra-secretive government agencies—which need to justify their own existence—and cyber-security companies—which derive commercial benefits from popular anxiety. Journalists do not help. Gloomy scenarios and speculations about cyber-Armaggedon draw attention, even if they are relatively short on facts.
I try very hard not to do what they describe when I speak but it can be difficult especially to those that are not familiar with the problem.Cyber-crime is the death by a thousands cuts type of problem. $3,000 here, $5,000 there, but it all adds up pretty quickly. Cyber-warfare is much bigger and easier to point at than these small little fraud issues.
If you have 10 minutes of time, read the Boston Review article and give me some feedback. Are we in a situation where we as citizens have to be concerned about cyber-warfare like we were concerned about nukes in years past?