Fly bys, air strikes, and strafing on the Internet precede the real thing
OK, so after weeks of attacks on the critical infrastructure of of Estonia – most likely by some zealot entity in Russia – we can see a pattern and anticipate how nations and groups may use the Internet to prepare for conventional attacks. ArborSert’s Jose Nazario analyzed the distributed denial of service attacks on Estonia this month. And as far as I can tell, they have an uncanny resemblance to air raids in frequency and duration.
We also heard this week that the SecDef believes China is preparing for "electromagnetic" first strike capabilities – using Internet hacks as a precursor to conventional attacks on an enemy. Imagine Russia and China escalating a cyberwar precedes, either by plan or by consequence, to real bombing runs. Yikes.
Just as pings and port scans can be early warnings of of a computer hack, DDoS attacks may be early warnings of war, eh?