Blog 8: Cyber War

Go over the videos and readings on the Google drive folder, for this final blog posting, the videos and readings direct you to current debates around the notion of ‘cyber war’, post your response to this debate on is cyber war real or is it just a hype?

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Deadline: 1 July 15 (Midnight)


2 thoughts on “Blog 8: Cyber War

    Chester Hojnicki said:
    July 1, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    The debate over whether cyber war is real or not, In my eyes, is hardly a debate. As times progresses, the domestic infrastructure of the United States becomes more and more dependent on the use of cyber technologies. From a military standpoint, cyberspace is changing how armies fight wars and more countries are beginning to realize the the need for strategic cyberwar divisions. For example, In almost every developed countries, and many developing countries, militaries are being trained how exactly to deal with the looming threat of cyber attacks and cyber war. However, is this training necessary, or is it just wasting valuable time and resources? A perfect example of the need for training in regards to cyber warfare can be seen in the case of Iran in 2010, when a worm was implanted into the computer system controlling one of the countries’ nuclear power plants. Cyber attacks are also no stranger to the United States, as can be seen in the attacks against the weapons manufacturing company Lockheed Martin, which lost millions of documents in the attack. In order to understand cyber war, one must first examine the role that the internet and social media play in the grand scheme of things. While the internet is a useful tool for empowering cyber activism, it can also be used as to recruit individuals for cyber espionage. For example, the Isreali-Palestinian conflict often shows how governments use social media sites, like Facebook, to pick out users to spy on the enemy, thus promoting social media as a platform for both cyber espionage and cyber warfare.

    Todd Moores said:
    July 1, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    The idea of cyber warfare is a very realistic situation, not just a brunch of hype created by the cyber community, and it has arrived. One way of identifying cyber warfare’s presences is by noticing its position in the military branches, specifically the U.S. Air Force. In the mission statement on the U.S. Air Force website it clearly states that “the mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight, and win … in air, space, and cyber space”. The fact that the U.S. Air Force has began to identify and focus its resource towards cyber space undoubtedly shows the importance of this developing area. In Junio’s article on the probability of cyber warfare, Junio states that cyber warfare is a coercive act involving computer network attack by disrupting or destroying information. To constitute as cyber warfare, the action requires a consequential impact in the physical world, referred by military experts as a kinetic effect. An example of this may be infecting an enemies command and control systems intrusive software, like Malware. By doing this the attacker has the ability to access the control of dangerous weapons, possibly Predator drones, and order attacks on their targets, thus creating cyber warfare.
    In the 21st century we have seen how technology has been become increasingly involve in our everyday life and this growing reliance on cyber space has worked its way into the United States domestic infrastructure. By examining the mission statement of the U.S. Air Force, one can clearly see that cyber space has altered how our military intends to fight future wars, especially with the development of cyber warfare subdivisions. Also it is important to understand that it is not just the U.S. creating cyber warfare division, but rather this has become a growing trend with over 40 countries now establishing cyber soldiers. There is a very strategic element that cyber warfare offers that cannot be match by standard warfare and is the secretive aspects of coordinated cyber attacks, it is almost “submarine” like. For those who debate whether cyber warfare is realistic or just hype, you can end your debate because cyber war has arrived. It is now important for us to better understand this new field of warfare.

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