Sun Tzu: The Art of cyber warfare

All warfare is based on deception that is what Sun Tzu said in his book Art of War. Sun Tzu was an ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher who is traditionally believed to be the author of the well known book "The Art of War", an influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy.

As Sun Tzu died at 496 BC his tactics are still conform the present day. Cyberwarzone will show you some of his tactics that are used in the area of cyber warfare.

Sun Tzu said: The art of war is of vital importance to the State: This is still true. The art of war decides if a State or Nation is made to survive as a State or Nation as it will test the main core of the nation or state on their ethics and believes. This will be the difference between doing good or doing evil. The field of cyber warfare is moving on the Ethernet. Which state will use the art of war in such an way that it will stay ethical and preserve the vital stage of the state or nation?

Sun Tzu said: It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected: If the State or Nation is not behind the ethics that are chosen by the State or Nation then the civilization will follow the path to ruins(India trains 500 000 strong cyber army). We have seen this event in Estonia 2007 - this was when Estonia was hit by an cyber attack. It was then that Estonia chose to not be the victim in the future.

Sun Tzu said: The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field. These are: (1) The Moral Law; (2) Heaven; (3) Earth; (4) The Commander; (5) Method and discipline.

The cyber moral law: We will be in harmony with the Ethernet. In other words monitor and control the Ethernet so you know what is going on

The cyber heaven: On any night or day, cold or heat, times and seasons we will be prepared for an cyber attack.

The cyber earth: EARTH comprises distances, great and small; danger and security; open cyberground and narrow cyberpasses; the chances of success and defeat.

The cyber commander: The COMMANDER stands for the virtues of wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, courage and strictness. We can look at this as the protocols that need to be followed.

Cyber method and discipline: By METHOD AND DISCIPLINE are to be understood the marshaling of the cyberarmy in its proper subdivisions, the graduations of rank

among the officers, the maintenance of roads by which supplies may reach the army, and the control of military expenditure.

These five heads should be familiar to every cyber general: he who knows them will be victorious; he who knows them not will fail.

Sun Tzu said On which side are officers and men more highly trained?: Without constant practice, the officers will be nervous and undecided when mustering for battle; without constant practice, the general will be wavering and irresolute when the crisis is at hand. The cyber security officers and security specialists need to be trained on a regular basis or else they will be nervous and undecided when mustering for battle.

Sun Tzu said All warfare is based on deception: Deception is the greatest tool an army can use to deceive it's enemy. So what kind of cyber deceptions has been made to deceive us? Could Stuxnet be a part of this? (Iran attacked by song of metal band AC/DC)

Sun Tzu said Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near: Does this not look like the way China is behaving? China shows their cyber warfare capabilities on television and then goes silent on their development of cyber weapons. Which country is ready to strike an cyber attack? OR even worse - which group or organization is ready to strike an cyber attack? (I could not find the Chinese Broadcast video anywhere. If you have a working link please leave it as an comment. - It seems they all have been deleted/censored)

Sun Tzu said Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him: We have seen this with the Stuxnet attack on Iran. Iran was/is developing Uranium to create an nuclear weapon/ power generator. The parties that were responsible baited the Iranians to focus on the Stuxnet attack and then tried to crush the development of the nuclear weapon/power generator.

Sun Tzu said If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him: Ha, this part we can't dodge. Like the Chinese cyber warfare senior Hagestad said "We have already been owned by the Chinese". China is in superior strength when it comes to development, espionage and cyber warfare. They have seen the era of Internet before we could even recognize it. They have developed their infrastructure in such an way that it is almost impossible to break in or break out the Chinese Firewall also known as the Golden Shield - They even implemented their products in several countries. Did you know that the FBI used Chinese Pens? they even used Chinese hardware/software. I'm glad that they saw that a nation cannot rely on another nations hardware/software when it comes to intelligence. The world, yes - including the United States has been evading China for decades. Now it is time to show China the next saying of Sun Tzu.

Sun Tzu said Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected: The Chinese have their defenses setup and have their monitoring and censoring systems working full hours. The Chinese has been on the top of the game - but as each game - patches come out that will fix unbalanced environments. It could be that Iran is going to be attacked next as people fear for the unbalanced nuclear environment in the middle east. It could be that China gets attacked by foreign countries like a fist. Like the Islamic people say: On the day of judgment day or sacred war we will unite as a fist. China or Iran might get attacked from an unpredicted source.

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