2009–Dem. Computer Expert Alperovitch Before He Blamed Russia For Every Cyber-Attack

Report: Countries prepping for cyberwar


U.S., Israel, Russia, China, and France are gearing up for cyberoffensives, according to a new McAfee report.

Countries armed with “cyberweapons,” according to McAfee.Photo by McAfee


Major countries and nation-states are engaged in a “Cyber Cold War,” amassing cyberweapons, conducting espionage, and testing networks in preparation for using the Internet to conduct war, according to a new report to be released on Tuesday by McAfee.

In particular, countries gearing up for cyberoffensives are the U.S., Israel, Russia, China, and France, the says the report, compiled by former White House Homeland Security adviser Paul Kurtz and based on interviews with more than 20 experts in international relations, national security and Internet security.

“We don’t believe we’ve seen cases of cyberwarfare,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, vice president of threat research at McAfee. “Nations have been reluctant to use those capabilities because of the likelihood that [a big cyberattack] could do harm to their own country. The world is so interconnected these days.”

Threats of cyberwarfare have been hyped for decades. There have been unauthorized penetrations into government systems since the early ARPANET days and it has long been known that the U.S. critical infrastructure is vulnerable.

However, experts are putting dots together and seeing patterns that indicate that there is increasing intelligence gathering and building of sophisticated cyberattack capabilities, according to the report titled “Virtually Here: The Age of Cyber Warfare.”

“While we have not yet seen a ‘hot’ cyberwar between major powers, the efforts of nation-states to build increasingly sophisticated cyberattack capabilities, and in some cases demonstrate a willingness to use them, suggest that a ‘Cyber Cold War’ may have already begun,” the report says.

Because pinpointing the source of cyberattacks is usually difficult if not impossible, the motivations can only be speculated upon, making the whole cyberwar debate an intellectual exercise at this point. But the report offers some theories.

For instance, Alperovitch speculates that the July 4 attacks denial-of-service on Web sites in the U.S. and South Korea could have been a test by an foreign entity to see if flooding South Korean networks and the transcontinental communications between the U.S. and South Korea would disrupt the ability of the U.S. military in South Korea to communicate with military leaders in Washington, D.C., and the Pacific Command in Hawaii.

“The ability of the North Koreans to disable cybercommunications between the U.S. and South Korea would give them a huge strategic advantage” if they were to attack South Korea, he said.

There have been earlier attacks that smack of cyberwarfare too. Estonian government and commercial sites suffered debilitating denial-of-service attacks in 2007, and last year sites in Georgia were attacked during the South Ossetia war, orchestrated by civilian attackers, the report says.

“Over the next 20 to 30 years, cyberattacks will increasingly become a component of war,” William Crowell, a former NSA deputy director, is quoted as saying. “What I can’t foresee is whether networks will be so pervasive and unprotected that cyberwar operations will stand alone.”


2 thoughts on “2009–Dem. Computer Expert Alperovitch Before He Blamed Russia For Every Cyber-Attack

  1. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
    Joel 2:28

    Peter, I took it as a definite sign for this material world, we are on the cusp of the destruction of that Biblical “World City Nineveh” when ISIS blew up the Islamic Mosque containing the tomb of Jonah in Nineveh in 2014.

    I don’t think all the experts and news media reporting on it recognized the Spiritual dimension it represented.

    August 13, 2014


  2. It’s still amazing to me my words and visions written sitting at my home computer appear in The Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post, The National Post, Pravda, RT, Al Jazeera and here, at the press of a button. That’s an almost miraculous advance for humanity, if it was used only by people of good will, honesty and Integrity. Conversely, the dark downside of the Internet can lead to our self-annihilation as a species.

    Hacking to extract information is one thing, but Cyber Warfar operates at a higher, deadlier level. It can do actual, physical damage. I would like to see some one succeed in getting all the information of who the people are having $millions stashed in secret bank accounts, and that Day may come.

    The world got the 1st indication of what Cyber Warfare can do with exposure of the Israeli-American developed Stuxnet virus designed to disable Iran’s centrifuges. As in any War, there were unintended consequences and the virus spread to many parts of the world causing real physical damage.

    With the US hysteria building over Russia’s alleged hacking of the DNC and the Clinton-Podesta email, the next step could easily devolve into cyber war. There could be power blackouts, nuclear reactor accidents, water purification plant failures, and so many other parts of our computer operated infrastructure we depend on Today.

    I’m sure this new anti-Putin/Russia incitement is related to the Russians frustrating long planned US operations in Syria that predated the start the WW in Syria in 2011.

    The following video clip is US General Wesley Clark whistle blowing to the world in 2007, the US was planning the overthrow of President Assad of Syria in 2011. Even with the physical evidence of General Clark, it’s still Russia’s aggression that stopped the US plan in Syria.

    Looking back 40 years, as an unknown person, with no money or organization behind me, I was able to walk into the major daily, THE KANSAS CITY TIMES in the Spirit of ’76, and have them publish this vision of what God opened my eyes to see coming in this world. That 1976 Future is unfolding NOW.

    “He came to town for the Republican National Convention and will stay until the election in November to do God’s bidding: To tell the world, from Kansas City, this country has been found wanting and its days are numbered […] He gestured toward a gleaming church dome. “The gold dome is the symbol of Babylon,” he said.”…………….He wanted to bring to the Public’s attention an “idea being put out subtly and deceptively” by the government that we have to get prepared for a war with Russia.”

    On the 1st part, Donald Trump essentially campaigned on the idea the American workers are wanting, and the Days of the US are numbered if he is not elected President. He used other words and pictures, but the same General Idea and spirit of that 1976 letter he Trumpeted.

    On the War with Russia part just read the MSM and alt-Media every Day THESE DAYS.

    [Interesting story Ray. Many people our age have been having dreams, visions and premonitions about the coming war with Russia. My haunted moments began with a dream of the Earth exploding in a cloud of blood. For our part, we should keep on keepin’ on, trying to educate people who are more like cattle, not knowing their right hand from their left. God spoke to me when I opened a closed Bible on the book of Jonah, telling me to Go to Ninevah (Washington) and preach sudden destruction…Peter]

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