The Reality of Cyberwar

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Media Outlet: POLITICO Magazine

War—the real kind of war—not the way we use the term to describe everything from anti-drug to anti-Yuletide decoration campaigns, involves two key elements, mass violence and high-level politics. That is what distinguishes it from all the other wonderful human enterprises that range from crime to spying to even terrorism. Indeed, for all the talk of “cyber terrorism” and “cyber Pearl Harbor,” terms used over a half-million times according to Google, not a single person has been directly hurt or killed by a cyber attack, ever.


Peter Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at New America. The author of multiple award-winning books, he is considered one of the world's leading experts on 21st century security issues.