The online threat: Should we be worried about a cyberwar?

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The online threat: Should we be worried about a cyberwar?

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Hersh quotes security experts, military and government officials in this article. He includes people who believe the United States is fighting a cyberwar today (i.e. Retired Vice-Admiral J. Michael McConnell), but also includes voices of skepticism (i.e. security expert Bruce Schneier).

Hersch notes that a great amount of money is at stake for cybersecurity. Billions of dollars are going towards United State's cybersecurity because "cyberwar" has become an exaggerated threat. While most intelligence and security officials believe cyber attacks can create a lot of chaos and destruction, Hersch was told that these fears have been exaggerated by military, technical and intelligence experts. He believes much of this hype is the result of conflating "cyberwar" and "cyber espionage" which are two different things.

This article includes diverse information and opinions about cyberwar. Since many documents and media articles do not criticize or question how cyberwar is being conceptualized or handled, Hersch's article is unique because he remains objective assessing how cyberwar is being conceptualized and addressed.

Hersh's article is used in the Concerned Citizen, Journalism and Policymaker Directories. Hersh writes in a complex, but comprehensible manner and can inform many different publics.

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November 1, 2010

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Citation

Seymour Hersh, "The online threat: Should we be worried about a cyberwar? ," in Cyberwar Resources Guide, Item #104, http://www.projectcyw-d.org/resources/items/show/104 (accessed June 18, 2019).