Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Security and piracy

Bruce Blogeth a CSO article comparing cyberattacks to piracy in the 1800s.

There are certainly some points of comparison today, but the real news is that they are getting closer to the 1650 model where privateers operated under government license. This is now very clearly the case with certain Russian gangs whose activities are tolerated as long as they make themselves useful to the Putin regime when a spot of deniable low intensity warfare is desired.

I think they will regret it in the end. The privateer era only lasted a few decades. The Royal Navy then spent the next two centuries fighting their successors.

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