A specter is haunting – in the world, not alone in Europe: the specter of cyber war. Because our world is no longer alone. A to the world you created – the Cyberspace: the world of the Digital, the Virtual, a world of barely manageable networks. With our growing dependence on this “other” world, our fear – fear of misuse of the computer networks is growing – as of last week all have become aware – or simply the fear of their loss.

This abuse can be from criminal motives; the is – keyword Spam is a daily experience. But can (or could) this Form of threat to other dimensions. Soldiers, spies, or terrorists can use the Cyberspace for their own purposes. Compared to that, the attacks had the effect of 11. September 2001 as a children’s game, warn leading American experts. The age-old fear of the loss of control over the technology, creating a true hell scenarios. The result: more and more armies, since 2017, the armed forces, the “fifth” Dimension of warfare.

Thomas Rid believes in this threat. In a kind of proof of the Unprovable, he argues that a cyber war would never take place. Until today there had been “no known Cyber war’, but a political cyber-attacks”. For him, the up-dates and discussion around the topic of Cyberwar is merely “from the lobby, box of tricks, the US air force”, so that a larger slice of the “shrinking pie of the defence budget,” wanted to save. The topic was only spoken.

The Rid examples illustrate, however, just the opposite – how dangerous is the digital threat potential can be. Spectacular example is Stuxnet, a malicious program, with the it the probably American-Israeli attackers up in 2010, the Iranian uranium enrichment plant of Natanz to grow at least temporarily lame. That was not the only case of a successful Sabotage; the author also mentions the “Operation orchard”: On the 6. In October 2007, could place Israeli warplanes on a Syrian nuclear reactor in rubble and ashes, after a cyber-attack had turned off a Syrian radar position.

Not only to Sabotage, to espionage and Subversion, the Cyberspace can be perfectly good. The is in detail described, for example, as a Chinese manufacturer of wind turbines, successful American Knowledge have absorbed the damages amounted to 1.2 billion dollars, the Dutch company DigiNotar, who issued the digital certificates, by an attack of the “Comodo hacker” in the Ruin was driven or how opponents of globalisation the financial service provider, lyse, such as Paypal para were looking for. The author is not around because even the admission that “in the past 15 years, cyber attacks” had increased. “More and more frequently it comes to large declines in the security architecture of the state and private economic goals.” And not everything is known. “The most effective cyber-attacks are likely to be the one that will never be revealed.”

the known examples to illustrate exactly what denies the author: the eminent large danger potential of the global networks. However, the Rid does not apply. Computer codes could not act directly on people. Rather, it was here, his spiral as life is strange reasoning, only to “indirect violence”, the “less physical”.