This week we heard that a virus had struck an Iranian atomic research facility, reeking havoc with the AC and blasting AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” and continued discussion on leaks about President Obama’s approval of U.S. cyber warfare program. It all begs the question of how easily an adversary could retaliate.
There is no international treaty on cyber warfare. The U.S. could conceivably have opened up the proverbial can of worms. Are hacks to critical infrastructure such as utilities and power grids off limits? Several people died earlier this month when a thunderstorm knocked power out during an unusually hot night in Washington D.C. Imagine the impact of a widespread, long-term outage.