As government officials continue to drum up fears about the possibility of a looming “cyber-Pearl Harbor,” the Pentagon is working on plans to expand its cyber security force from 900 personnel to 4,900 troops and civilians.
The Cyber Command Unit is under the command of Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the government’s foreign and domestic spy force, the National Security Agency. Because the Cyber Command Unit operates side by side with the NSA, serious threats to Americans’ privacy are expected to result from the massive expansion of force.
Though officials continuously say that the United States faces threats of cyber attacks that could potentially cripple infrastructure, the reality is that the Nation is actually one of the world’s biggest perpetrator of cyber attacks against other countries and groups.
Columbia professor Misha Glenny explained in The New York Times last summer:
The United States has long been a commendable leader in combating the spread of malicious computer code, known as malware, that pranksters, criminals, intelligence services and terrorist organizations have been using to further their own ends. But by introducing such pernicious viruses as Stuxnet and Flame, America has severely undermined its moral and political credibility.
Cyber security experts say that the government is actually more interested in gaining the ability to spy on Americans’ online activities and expand a lucrative new leg of the military-industrial complex. In reality, “cyberthreat” is simply the new Red scare, Latin American tyrant, weapon of mass destruction or terrorist.