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War, Ethics and Security

The cyberwar has intensified along with the war in Iraq, or so we hear. I honestly thought our entire telecommunications infrastructure was going to be brought to its knees when the war started. Not because I professionally believed it was possible, but because I was personally frightened by the thought of war. Silly me. Well, not so silly. Cyberwarfare, a.k.a. cyberannoyance, has increased and been highly publicized in online security circles. The TV media has been completely engrossed in blow-by-blow accounts of the war in Iraq. Print media isn’t far behind. The world of cybercommunication isn’t constrained by the size of a newspaper or airtime minutes. There are plenty of information security Web sites to peruse and endless e-mail security alerts to read. But have there been any real attacks on the infrastructure? It appears that the “attacks” are primarily composed of Web defacements and obnoxious anti-something attempts. AlJazeera.net, the online version of the Arabic news channel, has been the hot discussion topic in recent weeks. Hackers took down numerous servers and defaced the site with pro-war statements (see story). Recently, the servers were knocked off-line. Whodunit is being debated. Full Story

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