December 21, 2014

Why cyber warfare is so attractive to small nations

By Amy Chang

Source: Fortune

Journalist(s) Peter Suciu

Last week news broke that North Korea, which is believed to be responsible for a massive cyber attack against Sony, may have as many as 1,800 cyber warriors. That may seem like a large figure for the nation of 24.9 million people, especially considering that Pyongyang isn’t exactly known for its centers of higher learning. Yet many small nation-states—even those that are in regions that lack universities with notable computer science programs—are finding that cyber war provides more bang for the buck than investment in conventional weapons.

“Cyber warfare is a great alternative to conventional weapons,” says Amy Chang, a research associate in the technology and national security program at the Center for a New American Security. “It is cheaper for and far more accessible to these small nation-states. It allows these countries to pull off attacks without as much risk of getting caught and without the repercussions when they are [caught].”

Read the full article in Fortune.

  • Amy Chang