After last week, policymakers and analysts of cyberspace are hoping to catch their breath. On Monday, Russia-based antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab announced that it had discovered Flame, a sophisticated piece of spyware most likely designed by a state actor, which targeted computers in Iran and throughout the Middle East. A few days later, The Washington Post reported on the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s Plan X, which includes research programs to map cyberspace and others to develop operating systems that will allow for defense and counter attacks. And then to close an already eventful week, The New York Times reported that President Barack Obama ordered joint U.S.-Israeli cyberattacks – code-named Olympic Games, but popularly known as Stuxnet – on Iran’s nuclear program.
Much remains uncertain.