What did Cybersecurity and Cyberwar look like in 1999?
Think all these news stories you are reading about cybersecurity, cyberwar, and cyberconflict are breaking new ground?
It is worth taking a read through the several hundred entries meticulously compiled in Mich Kabay’s 1999 Infosec Year in Review which I recently found on an old drive while searching for other content.
Some old new topics covered in 1999 include:
- Data leakage through websites.
- The “first” Cyberwar in Serbia
- Supply chain/ code distro attacks
- Propagating malware/viruses
- Destructive malware/virus attacks
- Social engineering attacks
- Disruption of business due to attacks
- Stock pump and dumps via fake news web sites
- Attempts to sell human organs online
- Attempts to sell illegal drugs online
- Furbies a risk to the NSA!
- New DOD strategies on cyber conflict
- Creation of the Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense
- Hackers taking control of satellites and extorting the owners (or maybe not)
- Hacktivist attacks
- Chinese Information Warfare Doctrine
- Hackers discuss how easy it would be to take down the power grid
- Eric Schmidt (of Google fame) was personally hacked!
- Russia using criminal hackers to target the U.S. government
- Black Hat and Def Con conference coverage
- Hate groups using the Internet for propaganda and recruiting
- Israel forms a cyberwar unit (8200?)
- Computer security staffing shortages
- Someone forgot to use BCC
- Security risks of imbedded medical devices
- Chinese internet censorship
- Crypto attacks