By Ellen Messmer
April 07, 2010
In his new book, Cyber War , Richard Clarke says nations are building
up their online armies and weapons largely far from public view,
increasing the danger of a deliberate or accidental cyberwar, which in
turn could trigger violent conflicts across the globe.
"Cyber war has already begun," Clarke writes. "In anticipation of
hostilities, nations are already preparing the battlefield.' They are
hacking into each other's networks and infrastructures, laying in
trapdoors and logic bombs -- now, in peacetime. This ongoing nature of
cyberwar, the blurring of peace and war, adds a dangerous new dimension
The United States, he says, has a weak cyber-defense posture and should
make radical changes, such as regulating ISPs to be able to play a role,
under government supervision, in defending the country should a serious
Clarke, turning 60 this year, served as special advisor to the president
for cyber security in 2001 and now teaches at Harvard's Kennedy School
for Government and works at Good Harbor Consulting. He tapped Robert
Knake, international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations,
with a specialty studying cyberwar, as co-author of the new book,
expected out April 20.
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