This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
Is the United States’ next war already being fought – in cyberspace?
Some think that if the war hasn’t begun, at least the initial skirmishes are taking place, with enemies sizing up each other’s strengths and weaknesses. In this war, navies, armies and fighter jets will be on the sidelines. The front-line warriors will be computer programmers, hackers and encryption experts.
Most recently, Google reported that hackers had broken into hundreds of Gmail accounts, including those of a Cabinet-level official, senior U.S. government officials and military personnel. The breaches allowed the hackers to read vast numbers of incoming and outgoing messages.
Google traced the cyberattacks to the city of Jinan in northeast China – which just happens to be the home of the Chinese army’s national-security arm and a state-supported computer science institute. Read more »