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originally posted by: Hefficide
For the last day or two most of us have noticed that the Internet is not behaving as the Internet should. Sites are going offline, slowing down, disappearing altogether for protracted periods of time. Even this site was taken offline for a fair amount of time last night, along with many of the other sites that deal with similar topics.
Those of us who are at least a little computer experienced or literate understand that events, like these, are usually caused by attacks known as Distributed Denial of Service attacks - or DDoS in shorthand. If robbery is the risk of owning a bank or a store - then DDoS is the equivalent for cyberspace.
Imagine if you woke tomorrow with no electricity, phone, Internet, natural heating gas or cable. When you left the house you quickly discovered that every POS ( point of sale ) machine in the country was down ( cash registers, ATM's etc ). Then you slowly came to understand that every aspect of your financial life NOT on hard copy had simply disappeared. Money, property, medical insurance, prescriptions, etc. How long could a society without infrastructure last before giving into the demands of the power behind such an attack? My guess is not very long at all. Starting over is not an option simply due to the logistics. A nation locked down by cyberwar is a nation powerless to be and the resources to fend off such an attack, ironically, have almost the same exact effect as the attack itself. It would shut it all down - to keep it secure.
Dear ATS reader, you are looking directly at Shock and Awe V.2. A weapon that can cripple and destroy infrastructure without killing a single blade of grass. Invisible missles that can shut entire nations down and keep the United States allegorical promise of "bombing a nation back to the stone age". Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you the new face of war.