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Cyber War Bombardment Begins

THE writing is on the wall for President Saddam Hussein, say his rivals. Or is it on a blank computer screen? Some analysts suspect a US invasion of Iraq has already begun, not with bombs and bullets but with the surreptitious hacking of Baghdad computer networks to isolate and play mind games with its leaders. “We have special operations forces operating inside of Iraq, we are attacking their air defence network on a regular basis, as part of Northern and Southern Watch,” said Andrew Krepinevich, a military expert and former Pentagon strategist. “And I would be surprised if we had not already begun to some extent various forms of information warfare on them, whether it’s planting computer viruses, corrupting data bases — the sorts of thing that hackers do, only on a more focused and effective basis.” In a war that US defence officials say will break the mould of past military campaigns, many believe information warfare could prove as revolutionary a development as “smart” bombs were in the 1991 Gulf War. Besides computer warfare, the military is believed to be working on new microwave beam weapons that would fry electronic circuitry, or a so-called “E-bomb” that would wipe out surrounding electronics with a burst of magnetic energy. Full Story

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