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.