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North Korea's failed missile is just the start of a cyberwar

North Korea's failed missile is just the start of a cyberwar

North Korea's failed missile is just the start of a cyberwar

According to a report by The New York Times, the United States could be behind the North Korean missile failure.

North Korea’s failed missile has given much to talk about. North Korea, in full military threat to the United States, took out a large arsenal of missiles to celebrate the 5 years that Kim Jong Un has been in command of the state. The most disastrous thing is that this it exploded as soon as it took off, almost instantly, as the South Korean and American governments affirm.

Therefore, this daring act of demonstrating military might has been teased. Both South Korea and the United States, as well as Japan, clearly saw a threat there. According to Kin Jong Un it has been a way of showing that they would be prepared in case of war.


The case is that you could try to a cyber attack that caused the missile launched from Pyongyange to explode prematurelyand ended up failing. It would be, if this were true, the United States that would be behind him.

Computer sabotage as a weapon

Computing has brought many benefits. But it has also a lot of advances in military technology. Here we can see a clear example where it would have a place to save many lives (as well as to end them).

This computer war could have started three years ago when Obama, the former President of the United States, order to electronically sabotage North Korea’s missile launch program in an attempt to prevent the state from being able to test (and show off) these types of weapons.

According to NWT, the date coincides with the fall of many tests of this type– Much of the rocket testing went wrong, to stray, to disintegrate before control came, or to dive into the sea.

Since in January Kim Jong Un warned that a period was approaching where they were going to test the new long-range (intercontinental) missiles was not the first to self-immolate. Just a few days ago (at the beginning of the month, specifically), another missile lost control after traveling 60 kilometers.

Allegedly Russian-designed North Korean missiles have failed up to 88% of the time. Instead, the Russians have lost control just 13% of the time.

Computer attack as a means

Overriding the security of a computer system can be a devastating fact. Imagine you can disable the communications of the opposition army, you will have won any battle.

In 1999, for example, there was a computer attack that made headlines around the world: a group of hackers had declared war on the United Kingdom by divert a satellite using a computer attack. Furthermore, it was not just any satellite, but one that would protect Britain from any nuclear attack.

In 2003, there was an unprecedented attack in Taiwan by allegedly China. I know disabled the computer systems of hospitals, the stock market and traffic control. Literally, and as it is obvious to foresee, it caused chaos.

The battlefield of the 21st century is the virtual

On the other hand, in 2013, Chicago suffered attempts at attacks on the hydroelectric network that could have left almost 3 million people without power.

These are just some examples, and it is that it is not only blocking or rendering systems useless, apart of course from being able to control them (such as the case of this North Korean missile or the case of the satellite), but it is also possible to intercept communications and anticipate the facts.

Anonymous, among other organizations of the same type, apply the concept of cyber warfare very well. So, we no longer talk about it being a war between governments, but a war in which anyone can participate. It is only necessary to have the necessary knowledge, and that, in 2017, with the means we have, is not very crazy.

A country with sanitation, traffic, and overall collapsed order is very vulnerable to being attacked militarily. All this could be reality without even sending a single soldier, thousands of kilometers away, and without putting at risk the life of any civilian or military (or at least of allies).