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Jakarta Post

New problem, old solution

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, November 14 2019   /  01:11 am

As a former Indonesian Military (TNI) general, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto should have known that today’s warfare is no longer fought on beaches, in trenches or in jungles. Today, in some of the world’s hot spots, like on the border between Syria and Turkey or in Crimea, military battles still involve the use of soldiers and heavy artillery, but in most cases political leaders and generals have switched to more effective means for defeating their enemies, from covert operations and election interference to hacking into the electronic grids or banking infrastructure of enemy nations.It is now a well-known fact that in 2007 Israel launched a cyberattack against Iran’s uranium enrichment facility in the Natanz nuclear site using a computer virus known as Stuxnet. Israel attempted a similar attack on Iran’s telecommunications network in 2017. The 2016 United States presidential...