The Norwegian armed forces are planning how to use both offensive and defensive operations in cyber space due to the threat of computer viruses and Trojan horses.
The idea is to possibly develop digital weapons that can be used if an attack took place on the military’s computer systems.
Major General Roar Sundseth head of Cyber Force is in charge of preventing military attacks.
He explains that computers will be an important battleground in the future,
“One can imagine a situation in which cyber weapons are used, but a war will hardly be fought in cyberspace alone. There will be a conventional war, in which cyber weapons are used,” the Major told Aftenposten.
Figures show the number of computer attacks has doubled over the last year, with targets having included the Norwegian military. This is what concerns Major Sundseth.
“We discovered unusual activity and got it stopped. It is not the attacks that we know about which makes me worried but those I don’t know of. We must realise that there aren’t firewalls that are high enough, someone will manage to get through,” he declared.