- cyber- + weapon (Wiktionary)
“This sophisticated computer worm is an example of malware as a cyberweapon.”
“It is the world ' s first-known super cyberweapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target.”
“Stuxnet, a cyberweapon that damaged Iran's nuclear centrifuges by causing them to spin out of control.”
“If Stuxnet was developed by U.S. cyberweapon specialists, the DHS personnel who spent a year analyzing the computer code were presumably engaged in a major duplication of effort.”
“The development of a cyberweapon would probably be so highly classified that the people at DHS wouldn't even know about it," says one former intelligence official.”
“A growing awareness of the cyberthreat to critical U.S. infrastructure assets, however, may well deepen concerns about the "blowback" risk to the U.S. homeland from the development of a potent cyberweapon designed to be used elsewhere.”
“In that context, you can make a pretty strong argument that the benefit of using a cyberweapon to slow down or delay a nuclear weapon program or to achieve a specific objective might absolutely outweigh the risk.”
“Further complicating the Stuxnet story is the widely held suspicion that the U.S. government, possibly in partnership with Israel, had a hand in the creation of this lethal cyberweapon, notwithstanding the likelihood that in some form it could now pose a threat to the U.S. homeland.”
“The challenge of managing a Stuxnet-like attack is compounded by the possibility that the U.S. government itself had a role in creating the cyberweapon.”
“In that context, you can make a pretty strong argument that the benefit of using a cyberweapon to slow down or delay or to achieve a specific objective might absolutely outweigh the risk.”
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