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Cyberwar views

Date: June 25, 2007

Anyone who follows technology or military affairs has heard the predictions for more than a decade: Cyberwar is coming.

Although the long-announced, long-awaited computer-based conflict has yet to occur, the forecast grows more ominous with every telling: an onslaught from a warring nation, backed by its brains and computing resources; banks and other businesses in the enemy states are destroyed; governments grind to a halt; telephones disconnect.

There are industrial remote-control technologies known as Scada systems, for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, which allow remote monitoring and control of operations like manufacturing production lines and civil works projects like dams.

So security experts envision terrorists at a keyboard remotely shutting down factory floors or opening a dam's floodgates to devastate cities downstream.
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