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    A couple hours before the Newtown shooting occurred, I watched a cyberwar forum on C-SPAN involving members of the senate committee on intelligence. They said cyberwar will be the cold war tool of the 21st century and the media and public opinion is woefully behind on understanding the seriousness of this issue. Of course, the media would concentrate for the next week on the issue of mass shootings which, statistically, has a 30 million to one chance of effecting the average person per year.

    I am far from an expert on this, but officials have apparently admitted that China has the ability to effectively shut down much of the grid. I was walking down a frozen food isle at Wal-Mart and realized that all of this food, which people depend on for survival, requires long supply lines dependent on gas, electricity, etc. It is not like the old (little house on the prairie) days where your food came from local farmers. Even our water systems are controlled by computers.

    Now I'm not worried about this happening tomorrow. It is actually in China's interests for America to have a healthy economy because of their manufacturing base. However, it is apparently possible to alter data through cyber-espionage which could, for example, ground the new air force fighter jets by placing a hidden flaw in the technical plans, or sabotage advanced scientific research (and in such a way that the scientist would not even know).

    I'd like to see more discussion of this issue in the media.


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    Quote Originally Posted by markashley View Post

    Now I'm not worried about this happening tomorrow. It is actually in China's interests for America to have a healthy economy because of their manufacturing base. However, it is apparently possible to alter data through cyber-espionage which could, for example, ground the new air force fighter jets by placing a hidden flaw in the technical plans, or sabotage advanced scientific research (and in such a way that the scientist would not even know).

    I'd like to see more discussion of this issue in the media.
    Well yes it would be interesting to see more about this in the media, this being said I think you are right not to be too worried, though this is not to it isn't a serious issue. But for the time being at least I think this is more of an economic issue with much made of state sponsored industrial espionage, though cyber attacks are happening few as yet are responsible for any significant casualities. It was only a little while ago that there was expose on a particular building, I'll try and dig out a link for the bottom of this post, supposedly identified in Shanghai that is allegedly at the centre of a major hacking ring. Though for the sake of fairness and balance it has be noted this has been officially denied by the Chinese government.

    Chinese hackers seen as increasingly professional, methodical, as they plunder Web for secrets - The Washington Post

    Hacking China USA security officers chase CNN crew at building at center of hacking allegations - YouTube


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    Information Warfare: Cyber War Recruiting Comes Up Light

    The cyberwar problem is hitting the military. It has a recruitment problem, because the talent it needs is doing much better in the private sector. Not only can the necessary talent get better pay in the private sector, but they don't have to endure the hassles of military service and strict hierarchy. However, if I were a young person, I would be looking into preparing for this special field because the opportunities are surely to increase and so may the benefits and privileges. The Veterans Association takes very good care of its people, because it is like a special brotherhood, and that is something to consider.
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    They all do the hackings. None of them is clean.
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    Porn sites have been doing this to me for years, it's about time terrorists figured it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xingha View Post
    They all do the hackings. None of them is clean.
    But China is targeting the power of the American media (The New York Times)

    The media is the unofficial 4th branch of government....and I would argue, the most important branch of government. I don't think China, nor the American people, realize how serious this is
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    much of the world revolves around computers. will any govt. or media outlet stir society into a frenzy to abandon their practice in a mad rush!?!

    some things have been in the media, but not an entire lot. it does seem to be driven by attractiveness by audience rather actual news coverage.
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