Monday, November 26, 2007

Cyber Age Prompts a New War

A McClatchy News Service article by Dave Montgomery, via The Miami Herald, reports that:

While U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan engage the enemy with guns, tanks, airplanes and missiles, the American military is quietly fighting a much different kind of war on a new front -- cyberspace.

Military officials say that a cyber-attack by foreign enemies or terrorist groups would result in ''an electronic Pearl Harbor'' that would shut down electricity, banking systems, cellphones and other tools of day-to-day life.

Hundreds, and possibly thousands, of more-limited cyber-assaults are already bombarding the firewalls of government computer systems daily, prompting U.S. officials and military leaders to declare that the United States is already at war on the cyber-front.

More here.


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