Chapter 3

The Cyberspace Battlefield

Abstract

When two countries go to war, a battlefront is established where active combat occurs. In the war on terrorism, opposing forces operate within the same area as regular army units. In cyberspace, these traditional boundaries disappear. Instead, reconnaissance is conducted by people around the world. Planning is done by cells of combatants who never meet. The Internet provides communication via secure channels, and can therefore be a resource and an attack vector. This new battlespace is an intricate problem that must be fully understood. Toward that end, this chapter examines the boundaries of cyber warfare and the perspectives used to define it. It discusses the traditional war-fighting domains ...

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