Theoretically, the world is engaged in a hidden global war that is being fought on a dark virtual battlefield. On October 1st, in the cyber domain, 1,000 U.S. military hackers and Internet spies will get down to the business of cyberwar.
According to The Washington Post, Gen. Keith Alexander, the head of the Pentagon's new Cyber Command, stated,
The Washington Post also reported, that Defense Department documents show the agency is developing weapons capabilities such as tools that would allow for the “attack and exploitation of adversary information systems” that can “deceive, deny, disrupt, degrade and destroy” data and information systems.
For many years now, the public has heard of a great cyberwar looming over us. In 2007, security expert Bruce Schneier wrote about cyber attacks, saying,
In 2009, Shawn Henry, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, told a conference in New York that terrorist groups want to cause an online 9/11,
The 9/11 attacks changed everything for anyone living in the USA as well as anyone wanting to travel to or through the states. Of course we don't want terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, but the War on Terror and the Patriot Act forever changed U.S. citizens' privacy rights. What more might change in regards to our privacy in the name of security after October 1? The Washington Post reported that is when "1,000 elite military hackers and spies under one four-star general" become operational.
NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander doesn't want U.S. citizens to worry about our privacy. eSecurity Planet reported that Alexander vowed that a citizens' privacy will never be compromised. At the O'Reilly Media Gov 2.0 Summit, Alexander stated,
At the Gov 2.0 Summit, eSecurityPlanet reported on Alexander mentioning that the U.S. Cyber Command operates in close partnership with the NSA while also providing support to DHS. But remember, citizens, as the U.S. gets ready to knock the world offline, you are not to be concerned that your right to privacy or your civil liberties will suffer or come under fire. It's not like government agencies would ever trash our privacy, freedom, or civil liberties. It's not like it ever happened before. It's not like "they" would lie to us. Oh wait...