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information warfare

Also called "cyberterrorism" and "cyberwarfare," it refers to creating havoc by disrupting the computers that manage stock exchanges, power grids, air traffic control, telecommunications and defense systems. The traditional viruses, Trojans and denial of service attacks are part of the arsenal, all aimed at disrupting a government rather than a company. See virus, Trojan and denial of service attack.

Information warfare is increasingly the first offensive move before the start of a physical attack. The military in many countries have full-time cyberwarriors on the payroll, because the more successful a cyberattack on an early warning defense system, the greater the success of the real attack. For example, according to the book "Cyber War," North Korea may have as many as a thousand hackers stationed in China, working on knocking out systems in South Korea and other countries.

The first book to deal with the subject was "Information Warfare: Chaos on the Electronic Superhighway," written by Winn Schwartau in 1994. Cited above, "Cyber War," by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake is an eye-opening treatise on the subject, released in 2010.
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15) John Arquilla, David Ronfeldt, and Michele Zanini, from "Networks, Netwar, and Information-Age Terrorism," in Ian O.
Swarming is a form of netwar in which multiple units suddenly converge on a surprised target.
When successful, the dispersed groups engaged in netwar share common elements that allow them to conduct devastating operations despite constant interference with their ability to maintain mutual communication and logistical support.
En ce sens, nous pouvons affirmer que le social netwar entrepris par les zapatistes est efficace.
Both the new game modes, Netwar and Siege , blend acute team strategy and crafty combat prowess in a heart-pounding race to annihilate or be annihilated.
John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt, The Advent of Netwar (Santa Monica: RAND, 1996); Sydney Tarrow, Power in Movement (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998); Matthew Evangelista, Unarmed Forces (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999); Ann M.
Numerous COCOMs, Services, and agencies have developed their own NETWAR and cyberspace elements and want to maintain their independent capabilities.
Since there is no existing DON standard for ITSM implementation, NGEN is leading the effort in implementing ITSM partnering with the Naval NETWAR FORCEnet Enterprise (NNFE) to develop and maintain an enterprise IT maturity model.
The Netwar type of terorism manifests itself by small-scale actions, in which terrorist groups based on modern doctrines, strategies and technologies, use organisational structures in the form of networks that are adapted to the information era.
Chapter 1 straightforwardly introduces some of the information-age challenges to the state-dominated international system that are well expressed elsewhere--particularly the netwar concept (see, for example, John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt, The Advent of Netwar [Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1996]; and John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt, eds.
3) John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt, The Advent of Netwar (Revisited), Networks and Netwars: The Future of Terror, Crime and Militancy, Rand, Santa Monica, 2001, p.