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Weapon for US' next war: Computer viruses

'Troops' armed with keystrokes and clicks will be the new warriors inthe
bloodless cyberwars of the future

ARLINGTON (Virginia) - They do not drive tanks, fly jets or even wear
boots, but the computer technicians hunkered down in virtual foxholes in
a pale yellow building here might well be the frontline soldiers in the
United States' next war. 

They work for the Defence Information Systems Agency, which figures that
future conflicts will not be won by shooting down an enemy's planes, but
by shutting down its computers. 

Today, they defend the US military's 2.5 million computers against

But they are being trained to guard against computer attacks by other
countries and to launch computer- virus invasions that will bring chaos
to a foe's communications networks, financial systems and power grids. 

Military analysts said the US is one of more than 20 countries preparing
for this new kind of conflict, known within the Defence Department as
'IW' for information warfare. 

Last autumn, the Pentagon disclosed that the US Space Command was
building offensive computer weapons to use against adversaries. 

Previously, the Pentagon focused on defensive measures to protect US
military computers, satellites and communication links. 

Russia, North Korea, Iraq, Libya, Cuba, Britain, France, Israel and
China are also developing IW capabilities, said military analysts. 

The Congressional Research Service said that China has assembled a
battalion of computer experts to develop offensive viruses and defences
that some in the Pentagon call 'the Great Firewall of China'. 

'The next time you see a major international conflict between two
technologically advanced opponents, you're going to see computer-
network attacks,' said Mr Dan Kuehl, who teaches IW at the National
Defence University in Washington. 

At a time that political leaders seek to minimise casualties and the US
public has come to expect bloodless, precision strikes, computer viruses
are an enticing and fairly cheap weapon. 

Analysts said IW could shorten conventional conflicts or even head them

The Pentagon has already used computer weapons.  In the Gulf War, US
aircraft emitted electronic signals that disrupted Iraqi air-defence
computers and interfered with their ability to target allied warplanes. 

But first the Pentagon and policymakers have some concerns to overcome. 

One is learning how to defend against viruses launched by attackers who
can hide their identities. 

Another concern is whether IW fits within the legal and ethical
boundaries of warfare because of the potential damage to civilians. 

Computer weapons are not precise enough to limit damage to military

Unlike precision-guided bombs, a virus unleashed to shut down power in a
military command post could spread to a hospital. 

But these concerns have not slowed down a rush by militaries to
integrate this new weapon into their war plans in the hopes it will
reduce casualties.--USA Today


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