I think we all know that various countries are developing and deploying a wide variety of "cyber-missiles". The question here is what might be the collateral damage if an all out cyber war begins in earnest. And how fast it would morph into a shooting war.
A story that got me thinking about this:
The ( Iran ) government announced plans last year to disconnect Iran from the rest of the world and run a parallel “Islamically permissible” or “halal” internal network that would automatically censor material and block popular global sites and search engines, such as Facebook, Google and Wikipedia.
“The government has been able to cut us off from the most common sites such as Facebook. I’m sure they’d use their cyber capabilities to weaken its opponents,” a blogger wrote this week, in response to Western accusations against the Iranian regime for recent attacks.
Another blogger wrote, “If the Iranian regime feels that its existence is threatened and or if a foreign military attack is launched, Iran will use its cyber capabilities to preemptively strike against these nations.”
“This will be the harbinger of war!” she wrote.
Heap said the distinction between cyber war and conventional fighting is rapidly blurring.
“We are getting closer and closer to the line where web attacks will lead to bullets, and no one knows where the end zone is. It’s a game that’s being figured out in real time,” Heap said. “This is the arms race of our lifetime. The missiles are now on the Internet. There’s nothing anyone can do to contain the Internet war.”