Generally we would shy away from "New Cold War" rhetoric, but sometimes it's hard not to draw comparisons. The ongoing cyber defense arms race and the establishment of an official cyber warfare strategy by the U.S.--and we all know specifically who that is aimed at--more or less smack of the old days when the U.S. and U.S.S.R. were trapped in that tenuous relationship held fast by the threat of mutually assured destruction. And now there's this: China Daily, in an editorial dated last week, is calling for a Sino-American cyber "red phone." All that's missing is cyber duck-and-cover drills.
The sophisticated computer worm called Stuxnet, which has been targeting industrial operations around the world, was likely designed to take out Iran’s new Bushehr nuclear reactor, cybersecurity experts say. It’s the first known cyber-super-weapon designed to destroy a real-world target, reports the Christian Science Monitor.
A former NSA computer espionage specialist has created a blueprint for destroying the United States's cyber defenses and bringing about "Internet Armageddon," and it doesn't take the kind of unmanageable resources one might think. Charlie Miller says that a devastating cyber attack would only require 2 years, roughly a thousand cyber-soldiers, and a mere $100 million.