Future cyber attacks could be bad – really bad. But in addition to the infrastructure targets like power plants or dams, some hackers are trying to disrupt financial systems. These hackers aren’t interested in stealing money as much as in creating chaos and doing economic harm.
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The cyber-ruffians who briefly tanked the stock market recently by faking a news tweet about an attack at the White House showed how much damage can be done with a few well-placed keystrokes. Those who hacked into a Department of Labor website earlier this week could have wreaked even more havoc, say, if they successfully tweaked the monthly jobs report.
Neither seemed particularly sophisticated, or malicious. But they do beg the obvious question: How much damage could a group of well-trained hackers do, economic and otherwise, if they really wanted to?