Cyberattacks of websites will be a feature of any war

Or as Michael Chertoff said “Welcome to the new world.” 

And it begs the question whether the NSA backing off its offensive cyberweapons plans makes sense. I suppose calls for a more aggressive response will get louder the longer businesses are disrupted. But possibly the most interesting effect will be at a corporate-to-society level. If US corporates find themselves targeted for political reasons, particularly at a time when there is a collective souring on various aspects of globalization, the issue of political-hacking could galvanize the industries. That’s a big if, of course. But the threat and pressure of politically-motivated hacking will create a number of responses within the and between the companies. Given the long-term commercial challenges, this could be one of them.