by Mike Masnick
Mon, May 24th 2010 7:00pm
It's still not clear that anyone really knows what a cyberwar is, beyond a way for some gov't contractors to scare up hundreds of millions of dollars, but Slashdot points us to the news that the US has now appointed its first "cyberwar general." The report also notes that "the US Air Force disclosed that some 30,000 of its troops had been re-assigned from technical support "to the frontlines of cyber warfare". I recently heard an interview with the head of the US Air Force academy, where he repeatedly noted that the Air Force was in charge of "cyber" warfare as well. And yet, we still haven't seen any details about what this cyberwarfare threat is. We just keep hearing amorphous claims about hacking attacks that are clearly annoying, but hardly to the level of "warfare." All of this seems to be an attempt to build up malicious computer hacking to make it seem like a bigger "threat" than it really is.
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