May 31, 2011

Of course you know this spam means war...

Mucho opportunities for mischief in this one: Pentagon: Online Cyber Attacks Can Count as Acts of War -

WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force..... n part, the Pentagon intends its plan as a warning to potential adversaries of the consequences of attacking the U.S. in this way. "If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks," said a military official.
Or, put another way, "If we shut down our power grid, you might find a missile in your mosque." Posted by Vanderleun at May 31, 2011 8:02 AM
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This is left conveniently vague. Another potential justification for a policy of unending war?

Posted by: SR-71 at May 31, 2011 9:12 AM

Muslims are not accomplished enough to sabotage sophisticated computers. Russians and Chinese are, and the Russians are just staying in practice. The Chinese are preparing. Not wisely, but because they can.

Posted by: james wilson at May 31, 2011 9:33 AM

Mr. Wilson - That's the problem, isn't it? Possibly the worst problem of the world today is that people with Stone Age attitudes, skills and worldview can afford to hire others to commit the mayhem they cannot.

I very much doubt that any Arab anywhere has the skills to wage cyberwar. But they can afford to hire the very best of mercs.

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at June 1, 2011 2:10 AM