Read this article in the WSJ today and the Admiral Rogers makes some good points. Whenever war comes, there will be cyber attacks and the predominant thinking is that an enemy will try to destroy networks.
But what if a major goal of an enemy is not to eliminate information, but distort information?
To make one wonder if what they are reading and seeing is correct? That in my opinion would be far more devastating than simply destroying a network. Feeding us disinformation, to borrow an old term from the cold war.
“We recently caught the Russians penetrating the Joint Staff network in the Pentagon. It boiled down to four individuals who clicked on a link in an email. I asked them, “What was going through your mind?” Because when I looked at the email, I said to myself, “Why would you have opened this? It makes no sense” And the answer I got was, “It was early in the morning. It was a Monday. I’m just blowing through my emails.”
If someone had said to me, “Hey, it’s lonely on post. It’s the middle of the night out in the middle of nowhere. I just pulled my gun out because I wanted to quick draw,” we would never accept that. So why are we willing to accept this kind of behavior in the cyberworld?”
Rogers questions why these individuals weren’t court martialed, and I have to wonder too. Is crippling our information systems any less serious than attacking a ship?
Full article is here.