Friday, June 8, 2012

Cyberwars: Its Threats & Implications

There has been much discussion in the last few years on the threats posed by cyberwarfare, an informational war instigated through the use of the Internet; sabotage and espionage are its specific aims. In an opinion piece in The Jerusalem Post, cyberwarfare is looked at as a positive progression when compared to conventional warfare.
Indeed, there is good reason for the rising interest – and deployment – of cyber warfare. After all, there are many appealing aspects to cyber warfare.Instead of wreaking mass destruction and snuffing out human life, countries can instead attack virtual targets in cyberspace. An aggressor state does not need to expose its own troops to the dangers of conventional or unconventional warfare, thus avoiding casualties and the difficulty Western societies have coping with these casualties. And since cyber weapons can be deployed anonymously from a distance, the aggressor often does not risk political fallout let alone absorbing a retaliatory attack.
Perhaps so. The appeal is great; the risks seem small. But there are many other concerns that cyberwarfare poses, including the ethical issues of using the Internet to interfere with another nation's electrical, power and communications infrastructure, to name one important consideration. Should that take place, the consequences on the economic and political life of a nation would be great. As for the purported cloak of anonymity of cyberwarfare, technological advances will (eventually) do away with the clandestine aspect of such attacks—thus making them as common as conventional warfare.

You can read more at [JerusalemPost].