Cyber Wars — Just How Great is the Threat?
A top general tells congress the U.S. is going on the offensive instead of playing defense in the face of reports of cyber espionage from foreign countries.
While the country is busy reevaluating its missile defense systems in the face of threats from North Korea, other areas of the United States Security Forces are dealing with the threat of a potential cyber war.
The Huffington Post reported last week that testimony before the House Armed Services Committee from a top U.S. general appeared to indicate the U.S. is not prepared to play defense on this issue. Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the Pentagon's Cyber Command, testified last week to the establishment of 13 teams capable of carrying out cyber attacks against foreign countries that might consider hacking into U.S. computer systems. He did, however, appear to say that it would be used as a defensive mechanism against countries that may target the U.S.
The Chinese government is one that has already been accused of sponsoring cyber espionage against companies in the U.S. It was suggested that much like the arms treaties, a cyber arms treaty should be sought between these countries. And, much like with the nuclear arms treaties, cyber weaponry would need to be disclosed by the parties to the treaty.
How great do you think is the potential for cyber warfare and just how damaging could it be to the country? Do you think going on the offensive is the way to get other countries, such as China, to back down?