From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.
What I don't understand (or what scares me) is why the Chinese Army is infiltrating power grids and other infrastructure. I get the value of hacking news companies, human rights groups, corporate espionage; those all produce tangible benefits to Chinese interests today. But the only reason to hack a oil supply company or an electric grid company is because you would like to be able to demolish it some day. That's an explicitly military goal, and that scares me. Maybe in their mind it's no different than having an ICBM pointed at a city.
China currently possesses a small nuclear arsenal, with an estimated 155 nuclear warheads ready to be deployed on six types of land-based missiles. Approximately 50 of its 155 missiles can reach the continental United States. The United States, by comparison, currently has more than 1,700 deployed nuclear warheads that can reach China.
insanely provocative if done conventionally, but are apparently excusing them because they're being done through computer networks. But as computer networks become more fundamental to modern life, I think that will cease to be a meaningful difference.
"When warranted, the United States will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country All states possess an inherent right to self-defense, and we recognize that certain hostile acts conducted through cyberspace could compel actions under the commitments we have with our military treaty partners We reserve the right to use all necessary means—diplomatic, informational, military, and economic—as appropriate and consistent with applicable international law, in order to defend our Nation, our allies, our partners, and our interests In so doing, we will exhaust all options before military force whenever we can; will carefully weigh the costs and risks of action against the costs of inaction; and will act in a way that reflects our values and strengthens our legitimacy, seeking broad international support whenever possible."
What we know of US cyber capability is that it's geared toward support of real-world military action
Stuxnet and Fire don't fit the profile - it's either Israeli or a NATO thing. Money's on the Dutch and the Germans.
At a tense meeting in the White House Situation Room within days of the worm’s “escape,” Mr. Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time, Leon E. Panetta, considered whether America’s most ambitious attempt to slow the progress of Iran’s nuclear efforts had been fatally compromised.
“Should we shut this thing down?” Mr. Obama asked, according to members of the president’s national security team who were in the room.
Told it was unclear how much the Iranians knew about the code, and offered evidence that it was still causing havoc, Mr. Obama decided that the cyberattacks should proceed.
I used to think that. Then companies like Google started talking about being hacked. These advanced persistent threats aren't some bullshit being made up to feed at the defense spending trough or to justify some civil liberties-curtailing legislation. They do serve that purpose too, but the attacks are real.
Its not the same, its worse. Its like the nukes doesn't even need to be delivered via bomber or missile, they could go off anywhere at any time with no warning. And there's no risk of mutually assured destruction.
A bug is not the proper analogy to the situation here. A better one might be if Americans were to put a remote kill switch on the engine.
Your boss cheats on his expenses, but won’t approve yours. Wang’s boss expensed a $100 bottle of liquor—a popular form of gift given to advance business relationships—while he was denied reimbursement for a $1 bus ticket to attend a conference.
You get punished just for trying to do a good job. Hackers commonly use phishing emails to invade their targets’ computers. And in order to get a native English-speaker to open your email, is has to be Chinglish-free. So Wang tried to spiff up his language by reading The Economist and Harvard Business Review—only to have his boss chide him for spending too much time reading foreign papers.
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