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Re: [Full-disclosure] Cyber War or just Cyber Protest?

From: Jan G.B. <ro0ot.w00t_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Jan 15 2009 - 15:54:48 GMT
To: "andrew. wallace" <andrew.wallace@rocketmail.com>

2009/1/14 andrew. wallace <andrew.wallace@rocketmail.com>:
> If "cyber war" is just web site defacement then I don't think we ever
> need to take "cyber war" too seriously.
> It seems to me that "cyber war" just means protesters protesting and
> no actual cyber war is there, as a cyber war would mean two sides
> fighting, although two sides aren't fighting in "cyber" its all
> one-way script kid web defacement, not real war in any sense.
> Two sides fighting, a government and some other entity and the
> internet stuck in the middle, now that would mean "cyber war", there
> has been no cyber war and is unlikely to be one.

That is your opinion.
Actually a cyber war is asyncron - so there's no equal panzer on both sides. -.- Also, no one I've read stated that defacements of websites -and only that- is cyber war.
It's a term that describes an asynchronous warfare between sides. note that a war must not have two governments fighting each other.

> Why are we using the wrong words to describe stuff? It's not even the
> media, it was Gary Warner on a web log. [2]
> [1] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7809656.stm
> [2] http://garwarner.blogspot.com/2008/12/muslim-hackers-declare-cyberwar-on.html

you stupid moron; what do you want? that term came up long before that conflict. so that agruing is bs.

> We as a community should be cautious about using the wrong words to
> describe stuff, because the media take influence from us guys on
> mailing lists and blogs and at security conferences, so its important
> we use "cyber protest" when script kids deface some web sites.
> To put the right angle on this, it's unlikely to be new people doing
> the defacements, its likely to be script kids who were defacers
> anyway, and just change their political message to go with *whatever
> the current climate is*.
> Tomorrow the same folks will be defacing with a new message, they
> don't care *really* about the message, defacers will find any reason
> to deface.
> It's unlikely the Israel-Gaza conflict defacers were only sprung into
> action because of what is going on in the world, they would be
> defacing anyway and looking for any excuse to do so.
> Let's be careful from now on I don't like to see the wrong buzzwords
> used and i'm sure Gadi doesn't either.
> If Hamas cyber attacked Israel and Israel had a cyber response, then
> that would be cyber war. This is not cyber war folks, this is a cyber
> protest those kids are doing, they are unlikely to be connected with
> anything thats going on and were web defacers anyway with a different
> defacement message the day before.
> Please I hope we as security experts know the difference.
> I wrote this Email just incase because i'm sick of certain buzzwords
> like cyber war when there isn't a cyber war.
> When the day comes that a government and another entity is two-way
> cyber fighting and say for instance critical national infrastructure
> is affected then you can talk about cyber war, until then please
> describe web site defacers as "cyber protest".
> A cyber war is two-way fighting, one-way fighting is not a war!
> And to clarify, a bunch of kids defacing a web site and you applying a
> patch afterwards is not classed as two-way fighting and cannot be
> considered "cyber war" either.

BLAH BLAH BLAH. seriously.

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