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The new age iWeapon
Information as pinnacle of excellence

“There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind.” These words by Napoleon Bonaparte aptly describe the power of intelligence. History has often been testimony to vindicate this. Way back in 1991, during the Gulf War, Dutch hackers stole information from the US Defense Department computers about the US troop movements and later try to strike a deal with Iraq, who on the contrary, turned it down stating it to be a hoax. Similar attempts of information theft again happened in January 1999 (at the US Air Intelligence computers) then in May 2007 (Estonian public services’ homepages) and then in June 2007 (hacking of Pentagon’s computer). All these attempt of retrieving information clearly depicts that information is considered to be the most powerful weapon in any kind of warfare. Information gives the owner a competitive advantage against its enemy in almost any form of competition, be it at corporate level or at global level or at geo-political sphere. Since middle of 20th century, there have been unexpected developments in the technology dealing with information that eventually led to significant improvements in the domain. For the big business, especially the multi-national conglomerates, this technology was not less than the ‘gold-rush’. Almost all information was to be digitalised and thus a huge virtual cyberspace came into existence. The power of the information can be well estimated from the fact that if a Third World country spent a tenth of its income on informational weapons, they could damage the US in an unimaginable way.

By:- B&E

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