Cyberwar, a New War on Terror

Capturing the FlagNATO Thinks it is prepared for Cyber Terrorism.

By S. Saheb.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?—”Who watches the watchmen?” is a refrain often heard when an organization or institution abuses its power or dons a mantle that is hard to police. Never has that concern been more true in recent times than in the cyber realm, including with NATO’s ongoing attempts to build defenses against cyber warfare. In a prototypical conflict, the threat is visible and obvious, and even those without much training or knowledge may have a chance to oppose—or at the very least, hide.

On the battlefield of cyberspace, however, every threat is hidden in the void, and attacks come from multiple, seemingly-unrelated sources. Therefore, a cyber-war is more akin to one of attrition and defense, scrambling to put up firewalls and prescribing other methods of caution while the onslaught continues to evolve at a blinding pace.

In May of this year, the United States has, for the first time in history, taken formal action against one of the many Chinese-instigated cyber-attacks. Five military officials were implicated in stealing trade secrets from the American nuclear, steel, and solar industries. The indicted officers were Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Wen Xinyu, Huang Zhenyu, and Gu Chunhui, according to the FBI all officials of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. The Pentagon has since consider …

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