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Computer-based attacks emerge as threat of future, general says

Bill Gertz
The Washington Times [1]
Sept 14, 2011

The general in charge of U.S. cyberwarfare forces said Tuesday that future computer-based combat likely will involve electronic strikes that cause widespread power outages and even physical destruction of thousand-ton machines.

Army Gen. Keith Alexander [2], commander of the new U.S. Cyber Command [3], also said that massive losses of private and public data in recent years to computer criminals and spies represent the largest theft in history.

Threats posed by cyber-attacks on computer networks and the Internet are escalating from large-scale theft of data and strikes designed to disrupt computer operations to more lethal attacks that destroy entire systems and physical equipment.

“That’s our concern about what’s coming in cyberspace – a destructive element,” Gen. Alexander [2], who is also the director of the National Security Agency [4], the electronic spying agency [4], said in a speech at a conference on cyberwarfare.

Gen. Alexander [2] said two cases illustrate what could happen in an attack.

Full article here [1]