U.S. security officials are asking that the rhetoric surrounding the potential for "cyber-war" be tempered
in favor of a rational discussion on how to distinguish an actual cyber-war between nations from cyber-attacks that use war-like tactics. It's a blurry line, but White House cyber-security czar Howard Schmidt, who spoke at the RSA computer security conference in San Fransisco, said using the term "cyber-war" to describe attacks like the Stuxnet worm
and last year's Chinese Google hacks
only fuels unwarranted fear and hysteria. "Cyber-war is a terrible metaphor," he said. "Don't make it something it's not." But doesn't Schmidt know that's what politicians, talking heads and bloggers do best?