Why Israel’s Attack On Iran Will Cause Collateral Damage

Bombs and bullets will be the last resort for Israel if the tiny country attack its long-standing Middle East rival Iran.

According to blogger Richard Silvestein, he received a document that shows Israel’s first move against Iran in the event that it attacks is cyber warfare. The plan looks sophisticated and will be the first of its kind. The plan calls for attacks against Iran’s cyber capacity as well as its fiber infrastructure.

According to the translated document of Silverstein:

“The Israeli attack will open with a coordinated strike, including an unprecedented cyber-attack which will totally paralyze the Iranian regime and its ability to know what is happening within its borders.  The internet, telephones, radio and television, communications satellites, and fiber optic cables leading to and from critical installations—including underground missile bases at Khorramabad and Isfahan—will be taken out of action. “

Rumors are that the architects of Flame,the hugely successful Stuxnet, Gauss, and perhaps Duqu are in position to strike Iran’s communication capability. The question for many people outside the Middle East however, would be, “what happens to the Internet when the attack is launched?” There are concerns that the weaponized  malware will wreak havoc to the world if it leaks. The document describes an all-out war against Iran, but many security experts are concerned that the planners may not even care about minor disruptions to even minor disruptions in the rest of the world. In other words, the looming Iran-Israeli war can greatly affect the IT world and communications around the world.

As the document continues:

“The electrical grid throughout Iran will be paralyzed and transformer stations will absorb severe damage from carbon fiber munitions which are finer than a human hair, causing electrical short circuits whose repair requires their complete removal.  This would be a Sisyphean task in light of cluster munitions which would be dropped, some time-delayed and some remote-activated through the use of a satellite signal.”

Not many people have heard about the seemingly harmless carbon fiber but they are as deadly to any communication infrastructure as any bomb in the Israeli arsenal today.  A few grams of carbon whiskers released to the atmosphere by Boeing engineers before took out transformers in the Pacific Northwest. If Israel will decide to use a few kilograms of carbon fibers and some of them will escape the target area, it can take decades before power grids can be free of the menace.

In other words, Israel’s massive cyber attack can spread to the rest of the world and potentially cause disruptions with SCADA systems, also knows as Industrial Control Systems (ICS), a network of computer systems that manages processes of infrastructure and industries. The carbon fibers that may spread out of Iran can travel around the world by flowing with the planet’s air circulation shorting out transmission systems.

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