With an interesting article, the Wall Street Journal predicts that World War 3 will be fought with biological and computer viruses.
Richard A. Muller, WSJ columnist and professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, argues that World War III may not ehfiberIt's what you'd expect, as a two-pronged biological and cyber attack could defeat the world's currently largest military power before it knows what hit it.
After all, as he mentions, the example was highlighted by Covid, which, although it was not a deliberate attack, very quickly and successfully damaged the American economy.
Muller paints a picture of what such a two-pronged attack would look like.
The enemy would certainly keep the whole operation secret. For a stealth attack, the virus would likely be released in the target country, possibly near a biological facility to create the illusion of a domestic program leak.
Any nation considering using a deadly virus as a weapon of war should first vaccinate its own people, perhaps under the guise of a flu shot. Long-term national population-level immunity would require the virus to be sufficiently optimized before its release to reduce the chance of further mutation.
The second leg of the attack would target hospitals with ransomware. Ransomware could simultaneously target energy grids, power plants, factories, refineries, trains, airlines, shipping, banks, water supplies, sewage treatment plants and more.
But hospitals would be the most important targets. Avoiding obvious military targets would reinforce the illusion that World War III has not even begun.
How does all this sound like an idea, other than macabre?