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Cyberwar in the Middle East

April 24, 2012

We’ve heard about the cyber attacks against Iran that are thought to have been launched by US and/or Israel, but here is a pretty interesting glimpse into the inter-region cyberwar.

The attacks are more against the the legitimacy, reputation or credibility of one national player by another (as opposed to sophisticated attacks against infrastructure or computer systems), but highlight how regional antagonisms are now moving online.

The cyberwar against Qatar is part of escalating efforts by Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president, to paint the revolt against him as a geopolitical struggle by wealthy Gulf monarchies bent on Syria’s destruction, rather than a brutal attempt to put down a popular uprising .

As a side note, this also debunks the perception in the West that the Arab world is a single monolithic block

Assad intensifies cyberwar against Qatar – FT.com.

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