Rich Freeman on 29 Jan 2015 10:54:23 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Article on 'cyberwarfare'

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 9:24 AM, Paul Walker <> wrote:
> An interesting read on the militarization of the internet:

I think the really new development here is the concept that everybody
(individuals and companies and governments) alike are basically all on
the front lines of this new "battlezone."

Historically company security was about having a fence and a guard
watching some cameras who can call the cops if they see something.
The cops are equipped to handle common thieves.  Anything bigger than
that is supposed to be kept out at the national border.

Cyberwarfare has changed this paradigm.  Imagine a world in which
individual property owners were expected to be able to handle a
platoon of tanks on their own.  That's basically what you get when a
foreign government can send arbitrary packets to your gateway -
anybody in the planet can subject you to any attack they wish with no
outside interference.  Often it is difficult to even determine who was
responsible for the attack, making even retaliation by a host
government difficult.

I could actually see a new "great firewall" in everybody's future.
Perhaps a treaty would be drawn up where countries agree to detect and
prosecute international computer crimes.  Countries that sign would be
inside the firewall, and everybody else would be outside it.  Anything
traversing the firewall would be proxied, and limited to a handful of
protocols.  This wouldn't be unlike the mail - you can send a letter
anywhere on Earth for the price of a stamp and almost no interference,
but once you stick anything other than a piece of paper in the
envelope you go through the destination country's customs system,
involving delay, inspection, regulation, and duties.

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