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John Arquilla, an international relations expert and chair of the US Naval Postgraduate School Defense Analysis Department. I n March 2011 members of the Obama administration and US military officials engaged in an intense discussion about a grave topic. America was about to join North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies in a military strike on Libya in an effort to stop the brutal dictator Moammar Gadhafi from inflicting violence on civilians. A massive air strike was planned, but the group debated using a different approach at first: launching a cyberattack to cripple the Libyan government’s computer systems and bring down their air defense network.

Under his leadership the FBI busted at least eighty notorious hackers affiliated with underground groups such as Anonymous, AntiSec, and LulzSec. Despite these and other victories, however, Henry is convinced that the US government is losing the cyber battle. “We are not winning,” he says. ” Speaking metaphorically, Henry told the group that just as the bulk of an iceberg’s mass is hidden below the water, the same is true of the most sophisticated and damaging cyberthreats.  . ”35 Henry made it clear that he has, in fact, seen the vast amount of threats that are hidden “below the water line” and that these threats are real, they are imminent, and they need to be taken seriously.

They save billions of dollars by downside: vastly switching over from proprietary and increased opolder systems. ”37 cyberattackers. In the 2011 McAfee/CSIS survey, critical infrastructure industry executives talked about the vulnerability of their SCADA systems. When asked about the Stuxnet worm, which was specifically created to damage and/or destroy industrial control systems, 20 percent of the participants had found it on their systems, with an even higher infection rate in the electrical industry.

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