The Next Great Battlefield: Economic Warfare


This article was written by someone whom I am honored to call an acquaintance and if I could be so bold, to call him a friend. His expertise in the area you are about to read in, is unparalleled. Richard Kaplan retired in May after dedicating his life and career to civil service. After he retired he told me once:”It’s so good to be able to talk.” Richard now dedicates much of his life to the United Nations and their peacekeeping missions, free of charge I might add.  Richard is both a Patriot and a Hero in my book.


October 2, 2012

On 21 September 2012, attacks attributed to Iranian Hackers conducted a “Denial of Service Attack” on the Bank of America Corporation, JP Morgan Chase & Company and Citigroup Inc. In addition to the attack on 21 September, there have been a series of attempted penetrations over the past year, as part of a broad “Cyber Campaign” targeting the United States.

The attacks, which began in late 2011 and escalated this year, have been primarily cyber attacks that have disrupted banking websites and corporate networks by saturating them with massive incoming e-mail traffic that simply overwhelmed these networks. “Denial of Service Attacks” can be accomplished by an individual hacker  [ read more from this exclusive article on the American Center for Democracy Economic Warfare Institute ]

*The author of this paper was Richard Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan was the Senior Intelligence Analyst and Deputy Science Advisor for the 1st Information Operations Command (Land), and the first Chief, Cyber Intelligence Staff for the Army Intelligence and Security Command. He was the Army Representative to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Infrastructure Protection Center during the Moonlight Maze Cyber Investigation. Mr. Kaplan was also the Army G-2 assigned to the Joint Task Force for Computer Network Operations.


More on the issue of Economic Warfare to come.