While in-the-loop intelligence and defense insiders have been preaching about the dangers of cyberwar for more than a decade (think Richard Clarke) most of the world is just starting to catch up.
And they are scared.
Because even though it’s great to think about cyberwar when you might be on the winning side (Stuxnet? What’s a Stuxnet?), it’s terrifying when you might be on the losing side (which is maybe why Iran has reportedly taken some of its oil terminals from the internet in the wake of a possible cyberattack). And the problem is that no one seems to know if they are winning or losing.
A major reason for this is that cyberattack, cyberwar, cybercrime—cybereverything—have taken on the character of a modern day Frankenstein monster. This thing called the internet has gotten out of hand, and just like Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein, once its done tap dancing we want to hunt it down with pitchforks.