There's this kid....Johnny Junior....who has a computer and is hooked up to the internet. Johnny Junior is fairly bored and ends up with a couple of chat-buddies who explain how to hook up into a university server in Mexico City. Not that it really matters about permissions or such....Johnny Junior has simply acquired a log-on and password.
For a day or two, Johnny Junior plays around....inflates some grades at this Mexican university, and then he finds out this method to go from this place to a Brazilian hotel server....where he books rooms for some Phoenix couple....the Sines.
Johnny Junior bores himself after a day or two with the hotel, and moves onto this Bombay university server which has lots of science data over weather data....which he changes various temperatures and weather patterns from the 1988-1990 period. This will later be used by some scientists to prove global warming occurred in India.
Johnny Junior then moves onto a Thai suitcase factory server....where he arranges for a forty-percent decrease in production overnight, and triggers a new panic with management over numbers which don't make sense.
Then Johnny Junior discovers this neat Chinese factory server, which he can use and then connect to a Chinese military server.....all via a Swiss beer company server, and back through a Delta Airlines maintenance server to his house.
Johnny Junior then decides to conduct cyber warfare against the US government....the SEC....over a three-hour period.
Over the next twenty-four hours....the US goes nuts, because this tracks all the way back to some server within the Chinese military....and it has to be an evil intent involved.
So we come to 31 May 2011. The US military is now debating the idea of calling cyber warfare....real warfare....and possibly punishing in some fashion. This might actually involve military might being brought against the Chinese in some fashion. This is not part of the scenario....it is an actual topic that the US military is now discussing.
So you stand there and start to worry that some idiots in the US military.....might actually react to something....and only weeks later discover it was some kid....Johnny Junior....sitting in a basement room of a house in Topeka, Kansas.....who almost caused them to start some worldly conflict.
Just something to ponder.....as we talk war strategy and such....in this modern world.