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Why does the US government seek a hotter conflict with China?

Summary:   The long-simmering trade conflicts with China have taken a turn for the worse. Romney’s foreign policy team contains some extreme hawks eager for some form of war with China.  DoD, desperate for threats to justify its existence, has fired a propaganda barrage at us about the cyber-threat with China. And some national security agencies, …

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Parsing Cyberwar – Part 4: The Best Defense is A Good Defense

Summary: In this series, Marcus Ranum, walks us through the basics of cyberconflict, in its various forms: the nature of the battlefield, logistics, and dynamics. Today he looks at methods of defense. While offense gets most of the attention, most organisations play only defense. So read and learn.   Article deleted at author’s request.   …

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Parsing Cyberwar, part 3: Patch #1 – Lessons from the Gauss malware

Summary: In “Parsing Cyberwar – Part 3” Marcus Ranum discussed the logistical problems implicit in cyberweapons. We now have a case-study showing how quickly a new cyberweapon technology obsoletes itself.  This, coupled with the tendency of one cyberweapons’ getting burned and potentially burning others in its family tree, will to tend to keep cyberweapons in …

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Parsing Cyberwar – Part 3: Synergies and Interference

Summary:  As the cyberwar with Iran continues, we cheer to the news media’s reporting information and misinformation about this next frontier of war.  All fodder for laughter at a future version of The Atomic Cafe.  But there are reliable sources of insight to prepare us for the big cyber-events that lie in the future, such …

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Parsing Cyberwar – Part 2: The Logistical Train

Summary: In the previous part of this series, Marcus Ranum dissected the various subtypes of cyberwar into four specializations: cybercriminals, cyberspies, cyberterrorists, and cyberwarriors, so that we could begin to compare and contrast the practical problems faced by each specialty. I paid particular attention to explaining which are strategic processes that require long-term planning and …

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