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Cyber War articles from same website contradict each other.

I thought both articles were somewhat interesting. I disagree with the premise of article one. Cyber warfare can inflict real damage and cause real harm. You only have to consider the stuxnet attack on Iran’s Nuclear plants and see that a cyber attack was able to destroy hundreds if not over a thousand centrifuges. Costing real money and delaying the progress Iran had been making. In my opinion a very ingenious way to deal with a massive problem. No one was put in harms way and they accomplished the objective of slowing down Iran. This now attack shows that cyber war can be effective and cause real damage. Both monetarily and people can be killed or injured.

The second article poses a question I have been considering. What exactly are the rules of Cyber War? What ultimately will cause a Country to retaliate with real weapons designed to kill.

Food for thought.

Article 1: Is Cyber War just a scare tactic?
http://www.salon.com/2013/05/26/is_cyber_war_just_a_scare_tactic_partner/

Article 2: Cyber attacks could cause the next world war
http://www.salon.com/2013/05/22/cyber_war_poses_significant_threat_to_national_security_partner/

I find it ironic that these articles are from the same website and dated 4 days apart. Yet one seems to think Cyber Warfare is being used as a scare tactic and we have nothing to worry about. The second article assumes Cyber War does inflict real damage and could lead to a world wide conflict.

Have a great Memorial Day. Thanks for anyone who served their country in The US or any other nation on Earth. Be safe everyone.

Bonus

http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/28656200/html5

http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/57767711/html5

From this mornings Washington Post. Shocking that China is stealing secrets and weapons systems details. According to that first article I linked cyber war is a scare tactic. I am here to tell you it is not. There are real consequences to what is going on. Both in people’s lives and monetarily as well.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/confidential-report-lists-us-weapons-system-designs-compromised-by-chinese-cyberspies/2013/05/27/a42c3e1c-c2dd-11e2-8c3b-0b5e9247e8ca_story.html

From wired on cyber warfare and DARPA.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/05/pentagon-cyberwar-angry-birds/all/

I have been saying for over a year that what is occurring in Syria is a proxy war. Not much different than the Spanish Civil War that preceded WW2. Those who cannot learn from History are doomed to repeat it.

A proxy war or proxy warfare is a war that results when opposing powers use third parties as substitutes for fighting each other directly. While powers have sometimes used governments as proxies, violent non-state actors, mercenaries, or other third parties are more often employed. It is hoped that these groups can strike an opponent without leading to full-scale war.

Proxy wars have also been fought alongside full-scale conflicts. It is almost impossible to have a pure proxy war, as the groups fighting for a certain nation usually have their own interests, which can diverge from those of their patron.

Typically proxy wars function best during cold wars, as they become a necessity in conducting armed conflict between at least two belligerents while continuing cold warfare. /blockquote>

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxy_war

http://m.guardiannews.com/world/2013/may/28/israel-warns-russia-against-arming-syrian-rebels

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