July 7th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Threat of 'cyberwar' has been hugely hyped

Bruce Schneier
Special to CNN
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There's a power struggle going on in the U.S. government right now.

It's about who is in charge of cyber security, and how much control the government will exert over civilian networks. And by beating the drums of war, the military is coming out on top.

"The United States is fighting a cyberwar today, and we are losing," said former NSA director - and current cyberwar contractor - Mitch McConnell. "Cyber 9/11 has happened over the last ten years, but it happened slowly so we don't see it," said former National Cyber Security Division director Amit Yoran. Richard Clarke, whom Yoran replaced, wrote an entire book hyping the threat of cyberwar.

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  1. Santnamor2013

    I had been reading about the cyberwar at The Economist (UK), and I was surprised to know that most of the internet connection is made by optical fiber cables that goes all around the world, through the Oceans(!). So on, certain clusters of those cables can be destroyed and most of the internet connections as well.

    July 7, 2010 at 12:17 pm |

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