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The pandemic is increasing society’s reliance on digital connections. MR.Cole_Photographer/Moment via Getty Images

Society’s dependence on the internet: 5 cyber issues the coronavirus lays bare

Much of the world is moving online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Society's newly increased dependence on the internet is bringing the need for good cyber policy into sharp relief.
Elements of smart homes, including thermostats, may be vulnerable to hackers. Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

‘Internet of things’ could be an unseen threat to elections

Co-opting internet-connected devices could disrupt transportation systems on Election Day, stymie political campaigns, or help make information warfare more credible.
A U.S. Census Bureau staff member uses digital maps to help identify where people live and need to be counted. U.S. Census Bureau via AP

The census goes digital – 3 things to know

Collecting census data online creates new risks to the accuracy and integrity of the information. Here's what to be aware of.
Two CubeSats, part of a constellation built and operated by Planet Labs Inc. to take images of Earth, were launched from the International Space Station on May 17, 2016. NASA

Hackers could shut down satellites – or turn them into weapons

SpaceX and other companies are rushing to put thousands of small, inexpensive satellites in orbit, but pressure to keep costs low and a lack of regulation leave those satellites vulnerable to hackers.
Seven hackers tied to the Iranian government were indicted for attempting to take over a New York dam’s control system. Alex Wong/Getty Images

How Iran’s military outsources its cyberthreat forces

The Iranian military operates cyber espionage and sabotage through a network of dozens of contractors, allowing the state to attack foes while denying involvement.
Who is responsible for protecting consumer data? Data breaches are now a regular occurrence, and governments are stepping in. (Shutterstock)

Growth in data breaches shows need for government regulations

Failure of corporations to protect data means that government regulation is required to ensure corporation compliance.
What digital border controls should be used in Russia? Wikimedia

‘Digital sovereignty’: can Russia cut off its Internet from the rest of the world?

The Russian government would like to free itself from the global Internet. This push for “digital sovereignty” has raised technical scepticism and political concerns.
Digital attacks can cause havoc in different places all at the same time. Pushish Images/Shutterstock.com

A cyberattack could wreak destruction comparable to a nuclear weapon

Nuclear threats are serious – but officials, the media and the public keep a close eye on them. There's less attention to the dangers of cyberattacks, which could cripple key utilities.
Many of Baltimore’s city services are crippled by a cyberattack. The Conversation from City of Baltimore and Love Silhouette/Shutterstock.com

Hackers seek ransoms from Baltimore and communities across the US

Ransomware has crippled governments and companies around the world, encrypting data and demanding payment for the decryption key – though that's no guarantee of recovering the information.

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