Rain falls outside an office window on a grey October morning, as if to usher in a moody Saturday with little to do. So my thoughts turn again to cyberwar.
In an earlier post I wrote I was “fascinated with cyberwar”. As one might be fascinated with a dangerous animal…
Yesterday three articles flew like ill-omened ravens into my browser and email inboxes:
- Schneier on Three Emerging Cyber Threats: The Rise of Big Data, Ill-Conceived Regulations, and the Cyberwar Arms Race. Bruce focuses like a laser; his last point captures exactly my fear that an arms race would create a proliferation of weapons ultimately worse than the imagined war they were built for and perhaps ultimately caused.
- Brian Krebs – in Who Else Was Hit by the RSA Attackers? – lists 650 organizations attacked, points the finger at China, and notes Congressional interest in the matter. Law enforcement is key to protecting against cyberattacks, but we must be careful what we ask for. It’s best to wish the issue doesn’t become overly inflamed and for cooler, more deliberative counsel and diplomacy to prevail.
- On Techdirt, the “The Non-Existent ‘Cyber War’ Is Nothing More Than A Push For More Government Control” post forecasts a money grab, endless “faux” war, and loss of civil liberties.
The last post inspired my “what hath we wrought?” mood. Shall I now join some of my colleagues who seem to consciously or subconsciously avoid covering cyberwar because of its most ominous connotations?
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