What a U.S.-Syria Cyber War Might Be Like

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Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Jordan Robertson reports on U.S. plans for possible Syrian cyber-attacks. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

Times website when down after an attack from a group called the syrian electronic army.

So, what exactly is the u.s. preparing for?

What could happen as a result of these attacks on syria?

We don't know exactly what the u.s. is planning but based on historical precedent, what we do know is that the united states could damage nuclear infrastructure as they are have alleged to have done in iran.

They have very sophisticated capabilities regarding financial institutions and electrical infrastructure and we have some of the world's most sophisticated hackers as part of the nsa and cia.

It is possible that any range of options are possible.

From governing financial institution -- damaging financial institutions to taking out communication systems.

What would be on the government side when it comes to preparing?

They are talking about having malware inserted to computers.

Once you have those books into a system, i think that is what these folks are referring to.

What they are saying is, if we go to war with syria, if we launch an attack about one of the options is potentially a cyber attack to take out communication systems, air traffic control.

How can the u.s. protect itself?

It is one of these double- edged sword things.

Certainly, if the u.s. does go to war with syria, it has to be effective and limit the loss of life for innocent people.

We face the same threat here.

We saw syrian affiliated hackers take on the new york times site.

We saw a group attack will will in palestine this week as well.

-- google in palestine as well.

If you have enough resources and time, you can hack almost any system.

I want to ask you about this registry lock tool.

Twitter have this and the consequences weren't so bad.

The new york times didn't have it.

What is this tool and why don't more companies have it?

These attacks -- it would be funny if it wasn't so serious.

The new york times went down because it didn't have a feature that costs as little as $50 a year called the registry lock.

It is like a fraud alert on your credit card.

They call you, you confirm some information and you are allowed to make changes.

It is a simplification, but that is essentially how it works.

It is a really inexpensive service.

I don't know if it is cost cutting or other reasons that.

Are there really a few simple steps that companies can take two at a first layer of defense?

In so many of these attacks, that is what it is.

Often, it is a patch on a server that somebody misses or a bank of servers that the ip guys forgot about.

So many attacks begin that way.

Those are the basic steps that companies can take to protect themselves.

This text has been automatically generated. It may not be 100% accurate.

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