Cyber Cold War: U.S. Vs. Russia
A new Cold War, of sorts, is emerging in cyberspace between the United States and Russia over the best way to respond to the mounting assaults on information systems and the Internet.
Though both nations' governments recognize the mayhem virtual assaults pose, they are at odds on how the international community should ban together to limit cyber attacks, according to an article Sunday in The New York Times:
Russia favors an international treaty along the lines of those negotiated for chemical weapons and has pushed for that approach at a series of meetings this year and in public statements by a high-ranking official.Whether the American or Russian approach prevails ... major governments are reaching a point of no return in heading off a cyberwar arms race.
The United States argues that a treaty is unnecessary. It instead advocates improved cooperation among international law enforcement groups. If these groups cooperate to make cyberspace more secure against criminal intrusions, their work will also make cyberspace more secure against military campaigns, American officials say.
Other points the article makes:
The article concludes:
"Whether the American or Russian approach prevails ... major governments are reaching a point of no return in heading off a cyberwar arms race."