Saturday, July 9, 2011

North Korea has nothing to lose

I occasionally ask my readers if you have a "Plan B" in case the Internet goes down hard. Most journalists (just Google "cyberwar" for a sampling) seem to think nation states have too much to lose, economically. Not to mention that a counter attack would cripple their own infrastructure. This of course assumes that the initiator of the attack has something to lose. As night-time satellite pictures show, North Korea barely has electricity. Which means their Internet infrastructure isn't worth the price of a Hyundai from their southern neighbor. And unlike ICBMs or even the lowest-yield nuclear weapons, international cyberwar is a damn-low-cost-of-entry way to get some swell loot.

So, you got a Plan B? Because sooner or later  the NKs will graduate from DDoS attacks.

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Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?