Saw this book review on the Wall Street Journal website earlier this morning: “Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Hacker” by Glenn Harlan Reynolds. He reviews the book “Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It” by Richard Clarke and Robert Knake.
Mr. Clarke annoyed me during the 9/11 blame game for being opportunistic, though I’m ready to admit that the fault may have been mine for too readily holding a false impression — I can’t say. However, the vulnerability of American society to attacks on our networks is, I believe, remarkable, and so I am quite interested in what the book has to say. As Mr. Reynolds says in his review, “[I]n a cyberwar, first-strike capability is an enormous advantage. The instigator can launch an attack before the targeted country has raised its defenses or disconnected vital services from the Internet altogether. The targeted country may be damaged so badly that it cannot respond in kind, and a weaker response would probably meet a well-prepared defense.”
Our electronic infrastructure is vulnerable in so many ways… Extreme solar activity (though nothing to do with inaccurately-called-Mayan 2012 stuff, thank you very much!), EMP burst above the United States, cyber war — it’s all rather mind-boggling.
God says that if we do not repent, He will break the pride of our power (Leviticus 26:19). Reducing one of the world’s most technologically advanced nations to a state of technology equivalent to the stone age might do the trick.