Warfare has never been considered good because of what it brings about, no matter what form it is. From armed conflict to cold war, the 20th century witnessed the emergence of a new kind of war, cyberwarfare.
Cyberwarfare is bad, obviously it is. The 21st century is the century of attention economy, and such economy depends on information. Take for example, the United States, one of, if not the country most dependant on computers. Computer systems control the financial system, traffic including roads, rail and the air, it appears in defense system and it stores national classified data. A crisis may happen when the authority lost their control of the information. This crisis will not only affect national security, politics or international relationship but also the economy. According to Director of US National Intelligence McConnell, the financial impact of a one-day-cyberwar that disrupt US credit and debit card transactions is estimatedly $35 billion USD.
Despite its backwards, cyber warfare, if being used with good purpose, can be turned into a good thing, due to its characteristics (normally large-scaled). The attack into Al Qaeda’s headquarter and the death of its symbol Osama Bin Laden is a result of NSA cyber attack campaign into Al Qaeda’s computer system. The attack didn’t eliminate the terrorist network, but it plays a huge role as the leader was killed. I’m not talking about whether it is just a propaganda or a play performed by the US, but it shows that cyberwar has the potential to create a revolution.
The case of Al Qaeda is not the only instance. Responding to ISIS actions, global hacker collective Anonymous stormed the international scene with a hacking campaign against the terrorist group by exposing and disabling hundreds of Twitter accounts, email addresses and websites purportedly affiliated with ISIS.
Both examples didn’t destroy the terrorist regime, but to some extent, they reveals some positive side of cyberwar. What do you think?