The idea of cyberwar – war conducted over the Internet – has been around since the creation of the Internet.
But until recently it has been thought of as something that had to be conducted by a small specialized band of computer hackers employed by the military.
As Shachtman writes, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) “wants to move past the artisanal era of hacking, and turn cyberwarfare into an industrial effort.”
In fact, companies that have backgrounds in creating software games and interfaces have contributed to the early effort.
I’ve simplified the thrust of this (a link to the full article is below), but it’s gone successfully far enough that later this summer it will move into the first phase of a $110 million four-year program.
Worth reading and thinking about.