Making the Case for State-Sponsored Cyber Warfare

Sunday, December 19, 2010



State-sponsored cyber warfare is not just fodder for debate among security experts, but a stark reality, according to IT-Harvest's chief research analyst Richard Stiennon.

Stiennon's latest publication, Surviving Cyberwar, presents a decisive case study and evidence that the specter of cyberwarfare is not merely theory, but is in fact actively being employed as a strategy.

Stiennon's book was presented at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. last week, and "is a narration of the rise of state-sponsored cyber attacks taking us from Chinese thinking on the Revolution in Military Affairs, to the story of Shawn Carpenter and Titan Rain, and up to Chinese attributed attacks on Google."

In an interview with The New New Internet, Stiennon states that his work is not geared toward ramping up cyberwar rhetoric, and is not alarmist in nature:

"My book is meant to be the historical argument that state-sponsored cyber attacks are on the rise.  Both Richard Clarke and Jeffrey Carr take a warning that the sky is falling and we have to do something drastic, or the end of the world will come. I believe that there will be malware and cyber attacks that lead to power outages or interruptions, or something like that. I don’t believe that those are going to be as damaging as some of the others do. My book wasn’t to warn of the next threat to our sovereignty, or whatever the title of Richard’s book is. The focus was to demonstrate all of the things that have happened and they are going to continue to happen."

Stiennon is frequently quoted in the media, including publications such as the San Jose Mercury News, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, and Forbes. His blog, is syndicated to and

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