Members of Free Syrian Army, who defected from the regular army, are seen in Kafranbel, near Idlib Syria July 28, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout
In Syria, The Cyberwar Intensifies -- Defense News
The front pages have been dominated for more than a year by photos of young Syrian rebel fighters, armed and proud, battling an increasingly isolated Syrian military.
But amid the shooting, the atrocities and the bombings, there is a parallel war — a sophisticated cyber insurgency battling a shadowy team working on behalf of the Assad regime. The Syrians’ online conflict may be the most active cyberwar in recent memory, with extraordinary efforts by both sides to sabotage, disrupt and destroy. It may even foreshadow the way cyber battles will play out in future conflicts.
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My Comment: If one wants to know what cyberwarfare will look like in the future .... what is happening in Syria right now is a good illustration of what to expect in future conflicts. The fact that many Syrian activists (who use YouTube and social media and who I have been following since the uprising began) are now either dead or have simply disappeared tells me how concerned and serious the Syrian regime is in combating and winning this part of the war. As for the rebels .... cyberspace has become a vital tool for them to coordinate and to win the propaganda war .... and a tool to launch cyberattacks against the Syrian government's own websites and networks.