Cyber warfare

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The source of this article is the Leadership Newspapers website, Leadership Newspapers is stationed out of Nigeria and believes themselves to "defend the interests of the Nigerian state even against its leaders" and states, "we shall raise our pen at all times in defense of what is right." The article Cyberspace War: Is Your Business Protected? can be found here.

Intended Audience

This article is not meant for the 'layperson' or general public. The contents of the article are meant for the business class or those who have large amounts of economic or other capital in the virtual world and could be at risk to lose this capital if they were to suffer a 'cyberattack'. The author focuses on regional and Nigerian business practices and assumptions, yet it can be assumed that the dangers and warnings outlined in the article are applicable to any person concerned of a cyberattack.

Themes of Cybercultures and Cyberspace

The article takes a reactionary and defensive approach 'against' rogue Internet groups and users. It is implied that the Internet is a great business tool and can be used intelligently and lucratively by the business world. However, this is balanced by the view that cyberspace is highly dangerous and unpredictable. Therefore, businesses and other large entities with a presence online must be aware of threats and develop plans to protect themselves from harm as well as eradicate threats once they occur. The article assumes that cyberspace should be a place of order and hierarchy, one which reflects structures in the physical world. The author fears that dissidents (political, humanitarian, business, terrorist, et cetera) challenge these structures and can use the Internet to wreak havoc on established corporations or regimes.

Why This Was Chosen

I chose this article because I felt it was a side of cyberspace and cyberculture that we have mentioned in class but often ignored. By this, I mean that we recognize that cyberspace gives individuals the power to be rebellious and that individuals need to protect themselves and their identities. However, we have skirted around the issue of cyber security for governments, corporations, and other large entities. We touched on the importance of cyberliteracy whilst discussing the Arab Spring revolts, yet we viewed the inability of the governments to control their online presence as positive. What about when these organizations or governments are under legitimate threat and should in fact protect themselves and stop the intrusion? I feel this article gives a small glimpse into the other side of this issue.