Nearly everyday you read something, somewhere about cyber attacks, be it between States, companies, individuals or from hacker groups, politically or financially motivated. Cyber conflicts have become so significant that independent experts have seen the need to voice their views on how international humanitarian law, among others, can apply to cyber conflicts or cyber warfare. The result is the Tallinn Manual, an academic, non-binding study covering this issue.
If you think it is just the occasional Walmart or Ashley Madison hack that’s happening out there, just look at what was happening during the time it took me to type this word…
A cyber security company called Norse has developed this entertaining site, allegedly showing real time cyber attacks around the world. To put it in their own words
“Every second, Norse collects and analyzes live threat intelligence from darknets in hundreds of locations in over 40 countries. The attacks shown are based on a small subset of live flows against the Norse honeypot infrastructure, representing actual worldwide cyber attacks by bad actors. At a glance, one can see which countries are aggressors or targets at the moment, using which type of attacks (services-ports).”
The information is most probably not very exact but if only half of what they show is really happening out there, then it is much more than any of us ever imagined.