Where do cyber threats and climate change meet?

Forecasting landslides from space

Landslides are devastating and often unpredictable.  In 2017, without warning, a catastrophic landslide hit Xinmo Village in Southwest China, engulfing homes in an avalanche of rock and mud and burying dozens of people alive.

“This is a big problem because the signal from an impending failure is then drowned out from the vast amount of information, resulting in degraded forecasting performance. “We have fixed this problem.”

Professor Antoinette Tordesillas

On the other side of the world, Mount Stromboli, a volcano in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the northern coast of Sicily, collapsed several times in 2015 and 2016, causing massive rockfall and destruction in the surrounding areas.  But what do these two unrelated natural events have in common?

University of Melbourne researchers have discovered that these two events could have been predicted using freely available space satellite data and a new data-driven mathematical prediction model…READ ON

Where do cyber threats and climate change meet?

Cybercrimes and climate change share many similarities. Both are becoming more threatening, both carry risks that affect our safety and security in terms of basic resources, including water, energy, and infrastructure. Cyberattacks and climate events, like hurricanes, could very well have similar real-world effects.

When Covid-19 lockdowns hit and everybody moved their lives online, organised cybercrime surged and enjoyed a period of largely unchecked success. 

We have always been connected with our surroundings, and the clearest example today is our dependency on resources like water and energy. Cyber attacks on computers and industrial equipment at water treatment facilities, as well as electrical and nuclear power plants can affect us negatively…READ ON

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