We started the Global Cyberwar

As usual, the most interesting news gets published on the weekend.
In this case it concerned North Korea.

Three years ago, President Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missile program in hopes of sabotaging test launches in their opening seconds.
So the Obama administration searched for a better way to destroy missiles. It reached for techniques the Pentagon had long been experimenting with under the rubric of “left of launch,” because the attacks begin before the missiles ever reach the launchpad, or just as they lift off. For years, the Pentagon’s most senior officers and officials have publicly advocated these kinds of sophisticated attacks in little-noticed testimony to Congress and at defense conferences.
The Times inquiry began last spring as the number of the North’s missile failures soared. The investigation uncovered the military documents praising the new antimissile approach and found some pointing with photos and diagrams to North Korea as one of the most urgent targets.

Hmmm. Three years ago.
Remember when Sony got hacked by a so-called North Korean group, and Democrats shed crocodile-tears over how we were being victimized by cyberattacks? That was 2.5 years ago.

So where did the Obama Administration get the idea of using a cyberattack on North Korea's infrastructure?

The approach taken in targeting the North Korean missiles has distinct echoes of the American- and Israeli-led sabotage of Iran’s nuclear program, the most sophisticated known use of a cyberweapon meant to cripple a nuclear threat. But even that use of the “Stuxnet” worm in Iran quickly ran into limits. It was effective for several years, until the Iranians figured it out and recovered.

Today Democrats are shedding crocodile-tears over how we were being victimized by cyberattacks from Russia.
But in reality this is the neighborhood bully crying because someone punched him in the nose.
We started the global cyberwar a decade ago.

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Pricknick's picture

we're exceptional.
Therefore these things shall only affect others or we will cry.
Thanks gjohn.

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for the capitalist system. That's why just eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world.

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In the interview of Trump aired on Super Bowl Day, Trump, in connection with Putin, said something about the US not being so innocent. (Startling honesty from a politician, especially a POTUS.) Members of the PPC (Politician Pundit Complex)immediately (a) pretended that Trump had aaid that the US was just as bad as Putin and (b) began claiming that the US acts only out of benevolent motives.

If you squint, you can see their respective noses growing while they speak.

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@CB It's dropped to only 6 rich men who own as much as the bottom 50%.

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Lookout's picture

cyber and otherwise. We've had lots of practice. Too bad we don't try to practice peace. If only the oligarchs understood we would ALL profit from peace.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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mimi's picture

but why not keep it simple? The Americans developed the nuclear bomb (with the bad Germans too), they developed the the internet starting with the precursors of DAPRA way back in 1962. They developed the world wide web with others in good Switzerland and now the applications on the web go ballistic. The genie is out of the bottle and is not under control. The technology developed is going to haunt the Americans and the whole world. Have fun with your cyberwars. What kind of wars do you prefer, cyber or nuclear?

Don't need no scary movie for that to understand. Sure thing Ales Gibny will make a profit with that movie. And that's all there is to say about that movie.

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“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?” - Gandhi