The Cold War, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror ... we
sure have our share of long pervasive wars don't we?
I'll preface this blog by stating I don't have any personal opinion one way or
another about the current wars. War might not be always a necessity, but
it's a part of Earth life even down to the cellular level.
We're still fighting a war in Iraq and a war in Afghanistan, but the media
spotlight has already lost interest. That has to make someone wonder, “What's
next?” And there’s always been something
There have been a few very important factors in the last few pervasive wars in
North America. The first being that the public did not clearly understand
the risks and factors until told so. Yeah, I saw planes crash into the
magnificent New York skyline, but myself and the near-entirety of the U.S.
population knew nothing about terrorism as a whole before that day.
Ronald Regan's war on drugs was similar: who in the U.S. knew anything about
cartel overloads in South America, willing to suck the life out of millions of
people just to build a bigger, more ostentatious villa in the Colombian
"What's next?" I ask. I think, unfortunately, I already know
the answer: the cyberwar. Every day we hear of international governments
hacking each other; or at least they're just now getting caught for doing
so. We have incredible masterminds at the helm of unfathomable networks,
digitally controlling our identities -- many of which don't care who they work
for as long as it pays well.
We're already on the cusp of digital manipulation and forgery for anything and
everything. Who hasn't heard about a database of a million or so social
security numbers getting hacked? In just this last month alone DailyTech pulled up a dozen or so
articles detailing major compromises.
All it will take is a single catastrophic event at this point, and the media
certainly isn't shy about looking for such a doomsday scenario.
"U.S. Nuclear Labs Hacked," says ABC News today. The staff writer at
ABC probably doesn't realize that Argonne used to host one of the largest U.S.
piracy hubs for the better part of a decade; or that of the tens of thousands
of machines hosted at those labs, several get hacked each day.
Think of many headlines you read about the next major Windows security
flaw that will "certainly" take down the Internet as we know it --
even here at DailyTech I'm ashamed to
Cyberwar, if the politicians ever figure out how to describe to the 80-year-old
voting demographic, is certainly on the agenda. The only thing I can wish
for is that the wheels of progress and essential liberty do not come to a halt
based on the whims of leaders who do not understand the volatile nature of all
quote: Peter Sommer from the London School of Economics, an expert in information systems and innovation, states in the report, “There are signs that intelligence agencies around the world are constantly probing other governments’ networks looking for strengths and weaknesses and developing new ways to gather intelligence.”