Most companies responsible for the world’s power, water and other critical functions recognise increasing cybersecurity threats but are not yet fully committed to preventing attacks, according to a survey released Thursday by information technology company Unisys and independent research group Ponemon Institute.
Cyberattacks target vulnerable computers in an attempt to make them malfunction and disrupt data flows in order to disable operations at businesses and governments. Alternatively, cyberattacks can target data, stealing important information while leaving no tracks or disabling any operations.
Cyberattacks have been around at least as long as computers, with one of the most famous perpetrated in 1982. That year, according to the website list25.com, “During the Cold War in 1982, the CIA found a way to disrupt the operation of a Siberian gas pipeline of Russia without using traditional explosive devices such as missiles or bombs. Instead, they caused the Siberian gas pipeline to explode using a portion of a code in the computer system that controls its operation in what they tagged as a “logic bomb.” The chaos that ensued was so monumental that the resulting fire was even seen from space.”
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