Antiwar.com has just published my new piece discussing Leon Panetta’s first major adddress on U.S. cyber-war policy. In it, he warned Iran that we could not only take revenge for Iranian cyber-attacks on our web infrastructure, but that we would detect such attacks before they were mounted and defeat them. I also discuss the hypocrisy of our blaming Iran for undertaking sabotage that we ourselves have perpetrated against the Iranians. Panetta looks increasingly like the boy who cried Wolf once too often in labeling a potential Iranian attack as a “cyber Pearl Harbor.”
The article also notes a new variant of the Flame cyber-virus likely created by Israel (possibly along with the U.S.’ NSA cyber-warriors), which targeted a small but select number of computers in Lebanon, Sudan and other countries associated with Iran.
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