by Brandon Valeriano and Laura Sjoberg
It is often said that borders are withering away, that we are in a new era of state sovereignty. Duvall and Wendt wrote the best treatment on this (in my eyes) suggesting that our view of sovereignty is terrestrial and likely countered by the forthcoming era of UFOs (or terrorists, depending on how you read the article). Duvall and Wendt, however, ignore that there is a flying object that has disproved the effectiveness of borders for centuries now: Santa. Through his travels west from deep in the Pacific Ocean all the way to the West Coast of the United States, Santa is the prime example of the challenges of the construct of state sovereignty and its enduring nature.
Not even a week has gone by and my blog on the Monkey Cage/Washington Post about the hack of Sony by North Korea is already likely outdated. North Korea’s cyber team dubbing themselves the Guardians of the Peace vowed to make Sony “Remember the 11th of September 2001”. This threat appears to have motivated Sony to remove The Interview from circulation, capitulating to demands. This might be the first actual effective use of cyber coercion, ever. Continue reading
“Wait and see”, that was the response of the North Korean government when asked if they were responsible for a massive cyber infiltration of Sony networks likely reaching 100TBs of data and paralyzing Sony’s networks. While we are witnessing new connections in international affairs between industry and diplomacy, we are also witnessing more of the same in the field of cyber security. Limited operations – mostly against third parties, operations more akin to espionage rather than war, and ineptitude on the side of the target.