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Israel and Iran are actively engaged in a cyber war aimed at giving one nation the upper hand

Political tension remains extremely high between Israel and Iran, as both nations understand that their cyber technologies are important.  

The U.S. and Israel have noticed Iran's growing cyber ability still has limited offensive capability, but improved defensive ability to counter foreign attacks.  Iran has already accused the U.S. CIA and Israeli Mossad of an attempted attack, but neither nation has taken responsibility for the effort.

Cyber warfare allows each nation to engage in aggressive attacks without direct military attacks against one another.  Iranian officials noted they detected attempted U.S. intrusions, and reportedly have the capability of launching their own attacks against the U.S. infrastructure.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano previously pointed out that most nations don't even have a legal framework for dealing with cyber issues.  

The newly structured cyber command unit will report directly to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- the new department is now developing ways to defend against cyber attacks from Iran and other possible enemies.

"Israel has two principal targets in Iran’s cyberspace," noted an Israeli security specialist.  "The first is its military nuclear program and its military establishment. The second is Iran’s civil infrastructure. Attacking both, we hope, will cripple the entire country’s cyberspace.”

Cyber warfare can be used as a successful tool as opposed to actual warfare, though it can be used interchangeably.  The IDF said computers and keyboards are the newer weapons, while social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook can be valuable online resources.  

China and Eastern Europe launch sometimes well-organized cyber attacks against western targets, while the United States scrambles to increase cyber attack and defense skills.  If unable to defend its infrastructure, there is concern related to utilities and financial institutions facing serious threat.

Israel has a very active and modern military including newest generation aircraft and UAVs, along with specialized anti-terror units.  The country's cyber efforts need to increase while Iran and other rivals publicly boast about possible cyber capabilities against the U.S. and Israel.

Chinese hackers recently targeted South Korean computer networks, and successfully swooped up 35 million Koreans' personal information.  A looming cyber-war between the U.S. and China seems likely, even though no one is really sure what that exactly means



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RE: Dark Times
By Stuka on 8/10/2011 7:12:57 PM , Rating: 0
Have you ever even seen a fight of any kind in your life? Ever heard "the best defense is a good offense"? One can never hope to defend themselves by merely responding to an attack with minimal or no force. You will eventually respond inaccurately or ineffectively, thus allowing yourself to be overrun. The act of evading and retaliating is the essence of a complete and effective defense.

If things get ugly, and you have the only food within 20 miles you will NEED a collection of "offensive" weapons to ensure that your family eats tomorrow. And the number of people who care about your nitpicking of semantics will be exactly ZERO.


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