Cyber ​​attacks for political or military purposes have nearly quadrupled since 2015

The United Nations noted on Monday that the number of technological attacks, for political or military purposes, sponsored by states or not, has nearly quadrupled since 2015, warning that the same social networks allow for the dissemination of disinformation.

At a Security Council briefing on technology and security, convened by the United States and focused on “The Use of Digital Technologies in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security,” United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Peacebuilding, Rosemary DiCarlo, expressed her appreciation for concern about malicious activities targeting infrastructure that Provides basic public, health and even humanitarian services.

He warned that “the benefits of digital technologies in maintaining international peace and security are manifold. However, technological advances have also created significant new risks and could affect conflict dynamics for the worse.”

“Non-state actors are becoming more adept at using low-cost and widely available digital technologies to pursue their agendas. Groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda remain active on social media, using messaging platforms and apps to share information and connect with followers for recruitment, planning, and fundraising,” DiCarlo said.

According to the Under-Secretary-General, the increasing availability of digital payment methods, such as cryptocurrencies, brings additional challenges.

He added that “machines with the power and wisdom to take lives without human intervention are politically unacceptable, morally repugnant and should be prohibited by international law.”

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