Cyber Warfare Creates Tension During US-China Talks

Cyber Wars: The Emerging Front In Asymmetric Warfare
With all of the grand challenges facing the US and China, it was cybertheft which created the most tension between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama, reports The Washington Post.

Thomas Donilon, President Obama’s new national security adviser, told reporters that Obama warned Xi that “if there continues to be this direct theft of United States property that this was going to be a very difficult problem in the economic relationship and was going to be an inhibitor to the relationship reaching its full potential.”

While technology has led to innumerable advancements, it also has a darker side, which is recounted in some detail in a lengthy article in Vanity Fair on the genesis of cyber warfare.

The piece examines cyber warfare’s invisible victims and how in attempting to stem the spread of nuclear weapons, the US government may have created in larger monster.

Unlike nuclear weapons, the article notes, cyber-weapons are easy to make, their potential use is limited by no obvious deterrents, and everyone from governments to teenagers on their laptops can pose a threat.

“Fundamentally, cyber-warfare is a story about proliferation. Iran’s nuclear program crossed a line that Israel and the U.S. deemed unacceptable, so the U.S. and its allies used a secret new weapon to try to stop it. With Stuxnet becoming public, the U.S. effectively legitimized the use of cyber-attacks outside the context of overt military conflict. Stuxnet also appears to have emboldened Iran to mount attacks on targets of its choosing,” writes Michael Joseph Gross.

Stuxnet was the computer worm developed by the US and Israel for use against Iranian nuclear facilities.

Koreas Meet To Discuss, Well, Another Meeting For the first time in two years, representatives from North and South Korea met to discuss arrangements for a meeting between more senior officials. The meeting would focus on reopening the Kaesong factory park, which had closed after an increase in tensions.

The weekend talks about talks took place in Panmunjom and concluded with plans for a ministerial meeting this coming Wednesday.

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Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center,’ by Ray Monk as reviewed by The New York Times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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