We've been discussing the manufactured buzz
around the concept of a "cyberwar," despite the lack of any real evidence of anything beyond some typical espionage efforts with a bit of vandalism thrown in for color. However, for the companies building up the buzz, it's proving to be quite profitable
, and it appears others are rushing to get in on the gravy train -- and they're using the unquestioning press
to push the claim along. Take, for example, this Reuters article, that is all about how British aerospace/defense contractor giant BAE is now trying to cash in on the US government's new obsession with "cyberwar."
The article opens in a cinematic fashion:
Threats to sensitive computer networks lurk everywhere and with a few mouse clicks, organized criminals and hackers could shut down vital networks that run the U.S. government, industry and military.
Source for that? None. Details? None. Evidence? None. Explanation for why vital networks that run the U.S. government and military are connected to the open internet? None. Explanation for why if all it takes is a few mouse clicks, no one has actually taken down these networks yet? None. In fact, that opening is never revisited or explained. Instead, it's taken for granted along with what's effectively a press release for BAE's new "cyber center" in (of course) Washington DC. If this keeps up, perhaps Techdirt will need to open a "cyberwar" division just to cash in on this hype.