Joseph S. Nye on cyber conflict

Cyber War and Peace
Today’s Zaman (Turkey)
April 10 2012
Op-ed by: Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Harvard University distinguished service professor and a member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Cyber conflict 

“Two years ago, a piece of faulty computer code infected Iran’s nuclear program and destroyed many of the centrifuges used to enrich uranium. Some observers declared this apparent sabotage to be the harbinger of a new form of warfare, and United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has warned Americans of the danger of a ‘cyber Pearl Harbor’ attack on the US. But what do we really know about cyber conflict?

The cyber domain of computers and related electronic activities is a complex man-made environment, and human adversaries are purposeful and intelligent. Mountains and oceans are hard to move, but portions of cyberspace can be turned on and off by throwing a switch. It is far cheaper and quicker to move electrons across the globe than to move large ships long distances.”

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