I’m sure the governments of all the developed economies in the world (including Uncle Sam) are doing it. Its simple logic that it would be foolish not to engage in cyber-warfare. That’s not to say that any of them are actively trying to topple governments or cripple opposing militaries (not yet). They must be developing the technology and infrastructure to do it so they can attack or defend should the need arise.
Its interesting to see reports of the kind of operations they are conducting at the moment. If this article is correct, the Chinese government tanked Coca Cola’s purchase of a Chinese beverage company. So what? Coca Cola is part of the problem in the world not part of the solution. But what about when they steal info from Cisco that grants them backdoor access to network infrastructure worldwide. What about when they get the data to falsify the friend/foe ID in a Lockheed Martin fighter jet?
We need a public/private partnership to address privacy and security of data; one that balances the need for national security with citizens’ and corporations’ right to privacy. Each player will have to be flexible and give a little, but we clearly need a national policy – best practice plan to manage online security before things get away from us.