Panetta Warns of Cyber Pearl Harbor

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made his first major speech about U.S. cyber-war policy to a business roundtable group this week. He invoked 9/11 and Pearl Harbor in warning of the danger of a cyber-attack on the U.S: [He] spoke in … stark language about potential military responses to cyber-attacks that threaten national security. The United … Continue reading “Panetta Warns of Cyber Pearl Harbor”

Cyber War: Reality or Hype?

During his confirmation hearings this past June, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned the Senate, "The next Pearl Harbor we confront could very well be a cyber attack that cripples our grid, our security systems, our financial systems, our governmental systems." The use of Pearl Harbor provided powerful imagery: a mighty fleet reduced to smoking ruin, an … Continue reading “Cyber War: Reality or Hype?”

Downloading Disaster

It helps to have spent a childhood reading sci-fi. It means nothing bizarre really surprises you. In June 2008, TomDispatch regular William Astore wrote a post about how the Air Force had jumped big time into cyberspace. That service had even bigger dreams for a “$30 billion cyberspace boondoggle” that would theoretically have provided it … Continue reading “Downloading Disaster”