By Cameron Abbott and Max Evans
Everyone knows the saying “the
Pen is mightier than the sword”. The famous saying has been used for
centuries to describe the ultimate power of words and communication over forms
of violence. However, the rapid implementation and use of technology as a “combat”
method doubts whether this saying is correct in a modern technological era, and
begs the question as to whether technology is in fact mightier than the sword!
This dilemma is highlighted through the recent cyberstrike conducted by the United States. According to a Report by the Washington Post, in June of this year the Cyber Command of the US Military utilised a technology cyberstrike to target a significant Iranian database in the Persian Gulf. The relevant database was alleged to have been used by the IRGC, Iran’s elite paramilitary force, to damage oil takers and shipping traffic in the Persian Gulf. According to the Pentagon, the operation was in the works for weeks after Iran’s alleged attacks on two US tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier in June, and following an attack by Iranian forces on an unmanned U.S. Surveillance drone hours earlier, the cyber-strike was immediately given the go-ahead.