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  1. Richard, I have my own server and internal network and am constantly bombarded by nerdowells and others to the point that I’ve had to block most of the world from reaching my server. So I understand the increased need for cybersecurity. But most companies and governments cannot block the entire world from reaching their public sites. War by other means has gone cyber which can affect millions of civilians, i.e., the power grid might be turned off and the country would go dark for a time. My question to you is since we live in a world that is becoming more and more dangerous, divided and hateful, is not war through cyberspace less damaging than a WWII-like war where bombs actually kill millions of civilians? Example: Since most of the world does not want Iran to get nuclear weapons, would not the stuxnet and flame viruses, done through US and Israel cooperation, be a better way to stop Iran or slow them down than Israel and/or the US having to use bombs and possibly nukes to stop them? The only thing the stuxnet and flame did was damage some centrifuges used by the Iranian government. There were no actual deaths caused by this. Of course it would be nice if we lived in the garden of eden but we don’t. Sometimes the best defense is a good (and strong) offense!

    1. The serious error in your assumption is that computer viruses & cyber-war cannot hurt anyone. Of course, it can hurt people in the thousands, tens of thousands and even millions depending on what the target is. It can cause plane and rail crashes, melt power plant nuclear cores, destroy communications capabilities. Cyber war is not play. It is not benign. It is war. Just because it hasn’t killed anyone yet doesn’t mean it couldn’t and won’t if we keep this up.

      1. Thanks for your reply. I’m new to your blog.

        I did mention that cyber warfare can hurt millions of people. It can turn the entire country dark for a certain amount of time. That can cause some people to die from the cold, from the heat, from traffic accidents due to traffic lights going down, from all sorts of things. And yes, nuclear power plants can melt down if the power is off for an extended period of time. Hopefully the plants have backup generators. All that can be (and is) caused by natural disasters. I’m just saying that bombs, atomic bombs, emps, etc., are more destructive to all life. An emp can cause lights out and everything to stop for years, millions eventually dead and civilization gone. If I had to choose I would choose cyber over bombs.

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