The Reality of Cyberwar

Article/Op-Ed in POLITICO Magazine
July 10, 2015

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.