[funsec] Economist's take on cyberwar

Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah rMslade at shaw.ca
Sun Jul 4 17:54:04 CDT 2010


The article:
http://www.economist.com/node/16478792

Could possibly have predicted the quality from the flashy cover:
http://media.economist.com/images/images-
magazine/2010/27/ld/201027ldp001.jpg

Basically, I have to agree with the review in slashdot:
http://news.slashdot.org/submission/1274612/Behind-Cyberwar-FUD

It's FUD, lots of random tech with limited analysis, and wimpy "we should all be 
nice and play well with others" recommendations.

"What will cyberwar look like? In a new book Richard Clarke, a former White 
House staffer in charge of counter-terrorism and cyber-security, envisages a 
catastrophic breakdown within 15 minutes. Computer bugs bring down military e-
mail systems; oil refineries and pipelines explode; air-traffic-control systems 
collapse; freight and metro trains derail; financial data are scrambled; the electrical 
grid goes down in the eastern United States; orbiting satellites spin out of control. 
Society soon breaks down as food becomes scarce and money runs out. Worst of 
all, the identity of the attacker may remain a mystery."

Sounds like a normal day at the office, in IT ...

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