The Wizard War
Glenn Reynolds links to a Washington Post story indicating Estonia is under cyberattack from Russia. The attack is so severe it has threatened parts of the financial system. Estonia has received some assistance from NATO, EU and the FBI. La Russophobe says the attacks will be discussed at an EU-Russian meeting in Samara.
A recent Belmont Club post described how the Internet is increasingly being shaped by state and nonstate actors to serve their political agendas. Can't happen in the West can it? Slashdot describes how "the US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security called this week for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to further investigate the cause of excessive network traffic that shut down an Alabama nuclear plant. Investigators want to know whether the data storm could have been initiated from outside the plant."
There's other shennanigans that are possible too. Popular Science describes how Engadget was hoaxed into reporting a fake email which purportedly showed delays in the release of iPhone -- news which caused a temporary but sharp drop in the share price of Apple. Although many people think they've come to terms with the existence of the Information Universe, not everyone has mentally accepted that it can have real effects in the physical world. Effects as real as materializing two wide-body aircraft over New York through a concentrated application of hate or maybe wiping out your life savings through an attack on financial institutions or the information on which a company is traded.