During the July 4 holiday weekend, the latest in a series of cyberattacks was launched against popular government Web sites in the United States and South Korea, effectively shutting them down for several hours. It is unlikely that the real culprits will ever be identified or caught. Most disturbing, their limited success may embolden future hackers to attack critical infrastructure, such as power generators or air-traffic-control systems, with devastating consequences for the U.S. economy and national security.
As Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote earlier this year in these pages, "The United States cannot kill or capture its way to victory"
Source URL: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2009-11-01/securing-information-highway