Due to the ubiquity of the internet and those who know how to manipulate it, hacking legitimate (or not so legitimate) web sites may be the first shots fired in an uncivil war.

With apologies to T.S. Eliot,

This is the way the war begins.
This is the way the war begins.
This is the way the war begins.
Not with a bang but a hack.

Or, with no apologies at all to Robert Frost,

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

John Malcolm

Recent Media Hackings, Twitter Breaches Highlight the Age of Information Warfare

By Liberty Chick | August 6, 2012 | Breitbart News

The mainstream media have increasingly fallen victim to pranks and hackings over the last several months.  The outcome has been a general readership that has repeatedly believed false statements presented by imposters as truth.  The incidents pose some disturbing and problematic issues.  We live in a day and age where social media has become a primary vehicle for disseminating information, and Twitter specifically has become, for many, a first stop for news.  At the same time, it’s a highly politically charged environment today, where online activism is at an all-time high.  Certain factions of groups like Wikileaks and Anonymous have branched out to function more like political operatives in a left-hacker alliance, whereby some even acknowledge participation in “a low-impact sort of civil war.”

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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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