Cybersecurity: the Pentagon offensive and the digital Pearl Harbor
Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Saturday, July 16, 2011
In early June of this year, the Pentagon announced their change in policy that now allows the United States to respond to cyber-attacks with physical bombs and guns. This shift signaled a new era in warfare, a shift from the tried-and-true physical conflicts to the mysterious new world of cyberwarfare.
This month the Pentagon has officially declared cyberspace as an “operational domain” which is nothing more than a domain in which war is waged like land, air, and sea.
When Leon Panetta stated that the next Pearl Harbor could be a cyberattack on American infrastructure, the Western media had a field day. The LulzSec controversy helped to solidify the idea of a cyber-threat in the minds of the American people.
With the Internet portrayed as a battlefield like any other, the people of the United States only needed a direct attack on government systems to justify the escalation of cyberwarfare strategy.