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The Virtual Game of Thrones

The geopolitical battle in Asia—what Via Meadia has been calling the Game of Thrones—doesn’t always take place on the high seas, on land, or in diplomatic meeting rooms. A true 21st -century conflict, the Great Game of Thrones also takes place in cyberspace. BBC:

The Indian Navy is investigating a suspected hack attack.

A spokesman confirmed to the BBC that computers at its Eastern Naval Command had been infected with malware.

The announcement follows a report in The Indian Express saying that a virus had collected data from computers not linked to the internet and had sent it to IP addresses in China.

But security firm Sophos said it did not necessarily mean the hackers were based in China.

Whether based in China or elsewhere, India has enemies who are looking for sensitive military information and know how to get it. With computer networks so important in protecting military technology and information, not to mention civil infrastructure, cyberspace is becoming an increasingly active battleground.

Cyberspace is not just a battleground between nations and governments. It’s also attractive to non-state groups or individuals who have the capability to steal information off computers and the desire to use it for attacks on, for example, railway networks, power stations, or military bases.

Cyber terror, cyber espionage and cyberwar are new and serious threats. All the more reason to safely protect our most sensitive information and infrastructure — and all the more urgency there is to figuring out how to balance national and corporate security with individual privacy and liberty.

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  • Anthony

    Cyber conflict WRM presumes literacy (both numeric and written) and infers importance of a Nation’s human capital; protection (information and infrastructure security) begins with enabling U.S. citizens at the elementary school level with fundamental skills – thereby creating talent pool from which to utilize against 21st century cyber conflicts.

  • Luke Lea

    Meanwhile, Chinese Authorities extend censorship, step up reprisals against dissidents:

    “Reporters Without Borders calls for an international reaction to the all-out censorship of information in China that includes website blocking, prior censorship of social networks and the dismissal of journalists who cover sensitive stories. The government is stepping up efforts to silence criticism and independent reporting, taking advantage of widespread indifference in the international community . . .”

    That last clause caught my attention. We really are complicit with what is going on in China — as long as we do business with that regime with no strings attached. Shame on my country!

  • Luke Lea

    Another story:

    “China Increasingly Repressive, Freedom House 2012 Report Finds”

    “China is becoming increasingly repressive in civil and political life amidst aggressive crackdowns and disappearances, a democracy and human rights advocacy group said Thursday.

    In an annual report entitled “The Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies,” Washington-based Freedom House listed China, Burma, Laos, and North Korea among the world’s worst-rated countries for political rights and civil liberties.”

    I’m going to try to prick WRM’s conscience until he starts paying more attention to the domestic situation inside China. Ultimately — and it may not be long — what is going on inside the country will effect us more than the “Game of Thrones” he likes to write about.

    It’s the Throne of the Yellow Emperor that really matters. Immense events are happening right now.

  • Luke Lea

    A little more detail:

    Where is Hillary? Obama? Do we have leaders on this day after the 4th of July?

  • Luke Lea

    Caving in to barbarism for the almight buck, even in Denmark:

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