June 3, 2012

The Age of Mutually Assured Cyberdestruction?

David Sanger, New York Times

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Does the United States want to legitimize the use of cyberweapons as a covert tool? Or is it something we want to hold in reserve for extreme cases? Will we reach the point - as we did with chemical weapons, and the rest of the world did with land mines - that we want treaties to ban their use? Or is that exactly the wrong analogy, in a world in which young hackers, maybe working on their own or maybe hired by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army or the Russian mob, can launch attacks themselves?

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