Richard Clarke, Middle East Institute | February 20, 2012
Arab-Israeli tensions are being played out by citizen hacktivists on both sides. ++ If a hacker causes real physical damage to critical systems it could quickly involve governments in the real world. ++ There is no operations center that a nation can call to compel another nation's citizens to stop online attacks. ++ Washington and Moscow are beginning to explore using their direct channels to discuss cyber concerns. ++ Any international cooperation could encourage financial damages or outside monitoring of internet traffic for non-compliance.