American cyber security efforts have been severely restricted. Domestic political pressures like sequestration and the government shutdown have undercut U.S. cyber defenses. Foreign political pressures have also increased in the wake of the Edward Snowden incident. These pressures have left the United States more vulnerable to cyber attacks from both state and non-state actors. If these trends continue, America will face increasingly serious threats from state actors and even more serious threats from terrorist organizations.
Tag Archives: Cyber security
January 31, 2013
On October 25, 2012, The New York Times published an eye-opening report on an extensive, billion-dollar business empire constructed by relatives of China’s prime minister, Wen Jiabao. Three months later, the Times revealed it had been undergoing intense cyber attacks even before the report was publicly released. Cooperating with AT&T, the FBI, and a leading […]
June 1, 2011
The United States has recently declared that a cyber attack will be considered an act of war and thus justifies U.S. military action. This is exactly the type of policy advocated for in my previous post on this issue, but which now comes with interesting ramifications. First and foremost, what determines a cyber attack will […]
May 10, 2011
With the fall of Osama Bin Laden, the future of terrorism is somewhat uncertain. Conventional terrorist attacks had been trending away from the grandiose to the small-scale in recent years. Recruitment into terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda has been shifting from extremists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other Arab nations to tech savvy youth in countries […]