Friday, November 19, 2010

Two items on the Internet and geopolitics, one welcome, one worrisome. Welcome: Stuxnet has Iran anxious. [Later: The New York Times (via AmSpecBlog) had a story on Stuxnet yesterday.] Worrisome:
For about 18 minutes in April, a Chinese telecommunications company hijacked 15 percent of the Internet, redirecting U.S. government and military traffic through Chinese servers. The misdirection affected NASA, all four branches of the military, the office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Senate.
I don't know how thoroughly the US can secure the Internet from attack, but to the extent that we can, we should, even if doing so riles other countries.