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US and North Korea cyber war underway says academic

Dr Andrew Futter from the University of Leicester School of History, Politics and International Relations claims that a cyber war between the United States and North Korea is already taking place and has possible ramifications for critical infrastructure.

In an article for Think: Leicester, a platform for academic thought leadership and informed opinion pieces at the University of Leicester, Dr Futter writes: "Tensions between the US and North Korea have continued to mount in recent weeks, and evidence has emerged that the Trump Administration may be seeking to neuter the growing North Korean nuclear and missile aspirations through the use of cyber attacks. 

"Whether US cyber-warriors based in undisclosed locations - likely just outside the Washington beltway - are responsible for recent North Korean missile failures and other suspected problems, it seems highly likely that an innovative and highly secretive cyber war is underway.”

Dr Futter says that critical infrastructure will be one of the targets of the cyber war and warns that using cyber attacks as a weapon of war could have damaging ramifications for organizations in the future.

"The establishment of a norm that the use of cyber attacks against critical infrastructure and weapons is unlikely to benefit anyone in the long run," says Dr Futter. "With US infrastructure so depended upon hi-tech computer systems and networks, not to mention current plans to modernise and digitise the systems that control and manage US nuclear weapons, the current approach to North Korea may leave us all more vulnerable and less secure in the long run."

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