FROM Catherine Lotrionte
Cyberwarfare in the Era of Stuxnet and Flame President Obama picked up the unmanned drone program where George W. Bush left off. He has also vastly expanded the use of cyber-weapons by ordering the Stuxnet attacks that partly disabled Iran's nuclear program. That's according to New York Times Chief Washington correspondent David Sanger, in his new book, Confront and Conceal : Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, just published today.
The New World of Cyber Warfare and Espionage Barack Obama picked up the unmanned drone program where George W. Bush left off. The Stuxnet computer virus that disabled part of Iran's nuclear program was science fiction made real by President Obama's executive order. He proved that computer codes can do what used to require military action. Does that mean they're subject to the rules of warfare? Can other nations strike back? The so-called “Flame” virus doesn't do physical damage, but it can learn the most closely guarded secrets of nation states and corporations. If the US uses these technologies, is it vulnerable to counter-attack? Is it prepared or in a state of denial?
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