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Guest Editorial by Abe Kleinfeld

Cyberwar is no longer an urban legend. From Estonia to Georgia to Israel, cyberwar has become a regular part of geopolitical struggles around the globe, and it promises to become a growing factor in future international conflicts.

Even skeptics have to admit that the economics behind cyber warfare are compelling. It’s inexpensive to mount a cyberwar. In comparison to traditional warfare, cyberwars are a bargain. You don’t need to fund and deploy specialized troops with expensive technology and weapons. You don’t need to worry about recruiting soldiers and keeping your supply lines open. All you need to disrupt your enemy’s communications and possibly its economy using a few people with specialized skills and Internet connections. In fact, you don’t even need to own all the assets deployed in a cyberwar.

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By Chris Wysopal, Veracode
Let’s take a step back for a moment from who the actors are in the recent DDoS attacks and look at the root cause of the problem, because that isn’t going away. We have a horribly insecure software ecosystem that lets the bad guys take advantage of all the insecure software that vendors have shipped in the last 5 years to build distributed denial of service (DDoS) armies. The attackers then target these DDos armies at whoever they choose and are able to shut down their networks.

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From The New York Times (Choe Sang-Hun)
Cyberattacks that have crippled the Web sites of several major American and South Korean government agencies since the July 4th holiday weekend appear to have been launched by a hostile group or government, South Korea’s main government spy agency said on Wednesday. Read the full story [NYTimes.com].

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In his short time in office, Barack Obama has moved swiftly to address many of the problems facing the country: the financial crisis, the impending death of the auto industry and the lack of a playoff system in college football. But, despite his reassurances at a press conference in May, Obama has been stuck in neutral on the issue of cybersecurity.

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By Tom Kellerman (Core Security)
This week’s news that former National Cyber Security Center Director Rod Beckstrom was named as the newest president of ICANN – the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Net’s most influential governing body – is a very encouraging sign that we’re living in an era when issues of cyber-security are being given greater consideration than ever before, and with good reason, of course.

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From The New York Times (Thom Shanker)
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Tuesday ordered the creation of the military’s first headquarters designed to coordinate Pentagon efforts in the emerging battlefield of cyberspace and computer-network security, officials said. Read the full story [NYTimes.com].

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From The Baltimore Sun (Gus G. Sentementes)
The Web site for the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, which works closely with the military and NASA on research projects, was hit with a cyber attack that officials discovered Sunday and which led them to take down the site until they analyze their computer systems, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Read the full report [Baltimoresun.com].

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