Cyber Attacks have become a norm as governments, especially great powers, have a penchant for secrecy and covertness in the 21st century. We are in an era where killing thousands of people is highly desirable for governments, obviously for the public backlash that follows. Rather, countries are resorting to a more secretive form of warfare, and it has the potential to render irreparable losses to opponents. With cyber-attacks, you can literally freeze a country by disrupting their communication system. A glimpse of this can be seen in the December 2015 Ukraine power grid cyberattack.
When it comes to cyberattacks the US is second to none. It has capable minds and the right technology on its side. In the wake of recent attacks on the oil facilities in KSA, the US is determined to respond to the alleged culprit—Iran. A reciprocate military attack is an option being looked upon, but the cyber force has been given the go-ahead to sabotage the presumed enemy. The battle on the cyber field is going to be fierce, and we are likely going to encounter some major attacks on Iran to hurt its already crippling economy.
In the first part of the attached podcast, the panelists Dan Schuyler and Phillip Kemp have shed light on how the US uses cyber-attacks. They also explored the morality and legitimacy of these attacks and its possible ramifications on the government and economy of the USA.