Hacks, cyber strategies, international cyber squads--we could just go ahead and dub this the "summer of cyber," and it's not even mid-June. On the heels of some high-profile hacks (including one at Lockheed Martin), a terse exchange between Google and China following a Gmail breach, and the U.S. DoD declaring that cyber attacks can be considered an act of war, NATO has now said it will develop a special cyber force.
It's even getting a cool name: the "Cyber Red Team." But the urgency that name implies might not carry over to the force's actual functions. For the most part, it sounds like the Red Team would simulate threats to manage readiness and response, probe networks for potential security vulnerabilities, assess the damage of cyber attacks against member states, and carry out the occasional denial of service attack.
In other words, it sounds like Cyber Team Red will be a fast reactive force rather than a proactive force meting out cyber punishment to nations that step out of cyber-line. Still, given the difficulty in identifying and prosecuting cyber crimes across international borders, such an international cyber force could go a long way toward enforcing international law/agreements and protecting states that don't have the resources to mount their own cyber defenses.
If they as a group NATO can come to some agreement and identify each node or computer on the internet as it sends and receives packets ( including the MAC address ), making is much more apparent to the source of the sender, I think they put a much larger DENT in deterring bad guys, hackers and people who install virus. I believe technology upgrades is necessary to our current protocols. In life it’s usually the bad guys, devious that which to reach out to others in secret. Typically the honest person has nothing to hide.
I think its accepted and known in the world, its incorrect to break in and enter the home of another person. The person may on occasion leave the front door unlocked, but still it’s considered unacceptable for anyone to go into your home, without your permission. All homes have glass windows. The locks on a door are only a deterrent to the honest person being tempted to enter. A lock on a door never deters a dedicated bad guy or thief. The same logic hold true of your home computer. It does not matter if you have a firewall or virus protection on your computer or nothing at all. No person has the right to go into your computer without your express permission. Its the same as looking into your neigbors wallet or purse; this is not acceptable.
Also in the same way some people want their address to home and their house telelphone to be private from the public. I can guarantee you the government allows knows you address and phone number. If you want you local computer private, I agree with you; but I do believe the government has the right to know the address of your home computer.
Where to begin.....
1st: Privacy is trumped by Security.
2nd: "Cyber Red Team" is a "...a fast reactive force..."
so they would not be probing peoples lives as you described.
3rd: NATO can do whatever it wants to protect itself and its interests, its standard self-defence docterine.
To the short of it. I believe a new technology internet protocal needs to be invented and implimented; replacing TCP\IP4( witch has grown to be obsolete) and replace the TCP\IP6. The TCP\IP6 needs to be replace to identify clearly each node, clearly,securely and quickly.
NATO is BS. they don't care about anyone's safety.
That's like saying DoD doesn't care about America's safty. Seeing as how NATO is basically an international organization very much influenced by the U.S.
Now assume the U.S. was run by the Chinese government... you would have been jailed/fined for that comment. Hope you feel safe then. Too many people take the U.S. government for granted until they have lived in another country that just isn't free.
States that don't have the resources to mount their own cyber defenses. So then are we talking about all the nations that we keep destabilized in Africa while ignoring all manner of real-world atrocity? We are going to cyber-protect them?
I'm sure the cyberprotection will be a comfort to real-world dead people. Maybe if we could get our government to do what's right in the real world, we'd have less world watchdog work to need doing, cyber or otherwise.
League of Nations was way more enforcing than the weak NATO. imagine if it was still around nowadays? way more respect would be given and they wouldn't tolerate certain things(the congo wars etc. apartheid, the holocaust ) but thats a whole other topic.
It's time for an international body to investigate, track down and prosecute cyber criminals of every kind, no matter where they come from and where they operate. Also provided with an ample fund to reward people who know about and denounce criminal activity in cyberspace, including spamming and setting up bot nets. Penalties should be very stiff as those people are a heavy cost for society.