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News US appoints cyber warfare general

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 24 May 2010.

  1. Sifter3000

    Sifter3000 I used to be somebody

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  2. Fractal

    Fractal I Think Therefore I Mod

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    Well if the internet wasn't militarised before but they've pretty much guaranteed it will be in the future. I expected this would happen at some point but it is disappointing to see the US start the cyber arms race (at least explicitly). The last thing we need is an internet divided along international lines.

    It will be interesting to see if the US military make the mistake of treating the internet as a traditional battleground that can be taken over by force of arms. Rather than the dynamic, heterogenous, highly-distributed entity that it is, vulnerable to subversion from the firmware level up. I would like to think they won't but after seeing them bumble around in Afganistan and Iraq I'm not hugely confident.
     
  3. tristanperry

    tristanperry Active Member

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    Oh great. The idea of protecting yourself (as a Government, that is) against attack is never a bad thing, however I can't help but feel that this will trigger some kind of not-so-secret China vs America cyber 'war'.

    I'm in favour of protecting against (for example) the Chinese hackers and all (who seem to be fairly effective), however I hope this won't lead to a hack and DDOS 'war'.
     
  4. mi1ez

    mi1ez Active Member

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    "US General Keith Alexander has been chosen to lead the US Cyber Command division, designed to take control of world-wide computer networks in the event of war."

    Jesus...
     
  5. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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    one step closer to skynet, BE PREPARED
     
  6. tristanperry

    tristanperry Active Member

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    *Arms himself with big guns, puts on a cool accent and 100lb of muscle and thinks up a snappy one-liner*
     
  7. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Personally I reckon it's just a public face put onto something that it's pretty safe to assume has been going on for years.
     
  8. Mraedis

    Mraedis New Member

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    Or a head that can roll when it goes wrong. :worried:
     
  9. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    It's skynet! Next, it'll be the carbon market! Brace yourselves lads! Bit-Tech is going underground!
     
  10. Javerh

    Javerh Topiary Golem

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    The cold war ended with the fall of Socialism and Democracy. The victors were Communism and Capitalism. One of these days the great People's Republic of China will get fed up with the pompous acts of American impudence.

    I for one greet our Chinese overlords! Hail mighty President Xin! Hail glorious Chairman Cheng!
    I'm anxiously anticipating the dawning day of liberation on 2077.
     
  11. BlackMage23

    BlackMage23 RPG Loving Freak

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    Doesn't China own most of the world now anyway?
     
  12. ParaHelix.org

    ParaHelix.org New Member

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    More jobs in IT. Good :)
     
  13. devilxc

    devilxc Biding my time...

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    "US General Keith Alexander has been chosen to lead the US Cyber Command division"

    At least there's somewhere for the cyber warefare to be targeted at.
     
  14. dec

    dec [blank space]

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    soooo no one said it yet but uh.....the governments greatest fear is that chinese hackers team up with the taliban to block every pron site in the US. General, the nation's sanity rests on your shoulders.

    XD
     
  15. Furymouse

    Furymouse Like connect 4 in dagger terms

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    Sure it's skynet, but how awesome of a title is that?
     
  16. Fabou

    Fabou New Member

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    Internet is not militarized or divided along international lines because we are mostly in peace. But if one day one develloped country start a war with another, they will try to manipulate the internet. wether they used to have a general for this task before or not.
    For exemple China is trying to hide image on google.
     
  17. xaser04

    xaser04 Ba Ba Ba BANANA!

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    Does anyone else think General Alexander is a T1001 sent back in time to make sure Skynet goes live or is it just me?

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    Just me... ok I think there is something in my tea!
     
  18. Locknload

    Locknload Jolly Good Egg

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    General Alexander's E-peen is made out of weapons grade titanium i overheard a colleague at GCHQ mutter.

    haha
     
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    phantombudgie New Member

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    They should get into practice by taking over and shutting down a load of botnets.
     
  20. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    "So Jimmy, what does your dad do?"

    "HE'S A CYBER WARFARE GENERAL"
     
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