By Kim Zetter
December 10, 2008
Forget nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, the new weapon of mass
destruction is computer malware and botnets, according to authors of a
new report from the conservative Hoover Institution , who claim
credit for coining the term "electronic Weapons of Mass Destruction" or
Since, as the New York Times told us last week, malware is seriously on
the rise and "spreading faster than ever,"  this would make the
proliferation of eWMD more horrific than any other WMD to date.
Which would seem to imply that eWMD stockpilers, such as the New Zealand
"bot boy"  (aka Owen Thor Walker), are the cyber equivalent of Saddam
"While one hopes ewmds will never be able to cause the loss of life that
other weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical, biological) can
cause," the Hoover Institution authors write, "they should still be
recognized as having the potential to destroy livelihoods or even entire
economies. . . ."
Hm. Okay. Not the same thing.
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