Why Cyber Probably Won't Ever Rule The World

By Paul Rosenzweig
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 9:48 AM

I write often about the power of cyberspace and the threats that arise from it -- most recently in discussing how the Syrian Electronic Army is an important contingency to plan for during military operations in Syria.  It is useful, therefore, to always be reminded of the rootedness of cyber in the physical domain and the enduring primacy of that domain.  Today's reminder is this story from the Telegraph in the UK.  Apparently someone assassinated the commander of Iran's cyber warfare program.

Mojtaba Ahmadi, who served as commander of the Cyber War Headquarters, was found dead in a wooded area near the town of Karaj, north-west of the capital, Tehran. Five Iranian nuclear scientists and the head of the country’s ballistic missile programme have been killed since 2007. The regime has accused Israel’s external intelligence agency, the Mossad, of carrying out these assassinations.

The lesson is that bullets still beat 1s and 0s in many contexts.