Could Cyberwar Happen Here?

Ars Technica asks if the cyberwar tactics used on Georgia would work against the US. The answers are not particularly reassuring:

At present, technological dominance and superior infrastructure may give the United States a decisive edge, but history teaches that this edge will inevitably degrade as other countries either catch up or as the threats themselves evolve.

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Gifted Amateurs

Looking more and more like the cyberattacks on Georgia’s Internet links was home-brew hacking instead of a military operation. Not that that should make anyone feel better about it, of course.

Infowar: Like Copying a Web Page

Someone’s got a handle on how the Russians disrupted Georgia’s Internet links. Frighteningly easy, it was.

Things Settle

Lots of low-level stuff on Georgia/Russia.

  • The NYT cottons to the cyberwar. Suspects are plentiful, conviction-level proof minimal.
  • Just like that, the US and Poland do a missile-defense deal. They deny the Georgia fracas had anything to do with it, but no one believes that. The cherry on top is that we promised to help out the Poles “in case of trouble.” The Poles aren’t exactly believers in NATO.
  • Someone in the US Navy may be less skeptical than I about the possibility of its operating in the Black Sea.
  • Andrew Sullivan thinks McCain is hard-wired personality-wise to keep global conflict at a boil.
  • Some look at McCain and see Al Haig. Along with something a little more¬†sleazy, in the form of an adviser who’s been in¬†Saakashvili’s pocket.

Ars Technica: Georgia Cyberwar Not Military?

Seems that some Russian hacker superpatriots might be responsible. Would that they’d done a better job programming the software I once used at work.

Infowar in the Caucasus

More claims that the Russians are trying to disrupt Georgian Internet traffic. People more knowledgeable than I about network backbones would have to pass judgment on the accuracy of these reports. I do hope the CIA and DoD are taking notes. Hat tip: Slashdot.