Sunday, December 18, 2016

Cyber Warfare: Get Ready!

Barack Obama & Vladimir Putin at Putin's dacha...
Barack Obama & Vladimir Putin at Putin's dacha 2009-07-07 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am the only person in the world that realizes that its incredibly counterproductive to announce your cyber war in advance to your opponent?  If it really is necessary to fight a cyber war, it would be far more effective to strike hard and quietly without warning. This political stunt against Russia is asinine and may even escalate into a war in the real flesh and blood world if our leaders continue down this stupid path. Russia has pride and will not tolerate being openly humiliated by U.S. threats.  The technologically dependent USA is vulnerable to Russian retaliation. Our goal should have been avoiding a cyber war in the first place by keeping our mouth shut and taking counter measures as needed.

Obama talks tough but suppose things get ugly on the brave new cyber front and Russia decides to cause a few accidents using cyber warfare.  U.S. power plants, chemical industries, air traffic communication, water supply and food safety all seem very vulnerable to cyber attack in my opinion. I believe Russia is capable of escalating the situation to a point that the U.S. would give anything to avoid.  I do not believe that Putin is intimidated by Obama's big talk.  We should instead "speak softly, and carry a big stick".

There is already constant low key cyber warfare between the U.S., Russia, China and other countries.  Escalating to all out cyber warfare against Russia may not be as pretty and antiseptic as Obama is proposing in his public statements.  War of any kind can be messy.

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