Former director of national intelligence Michael McConnell recently warned that the U.S. "is fighting a cyberwar today, and we are losing." Is McConnell right? Is the U.S. losing a cyberwar? In his intriguing new book, Cyber War Will Not Take Place, Thomas Rid, a War Studies scholar at King's College in London, argues that we are not currently engaged in a cyberwar, and indeed that such a "war" is unlikely ever to take place. Rid is a careful thinker who believes that the public and policymakers are being misled about the magnitude of harm that cyberattacks can inflict. Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey thinks he's right.
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