And long before then, why can't we respond to such an attack by a foreign government not with bombs or missiles, but by crashing that country's digital infrastructure? The worm turns, so to speak.
Or will we decide once again that the fault was our own, that the perpetrators can't be identified anyway, and that what we really need are more robust cyber-security systems -- and pray that the next attack doesn't kill us, too?
TAD'S TAB -- If you ever happen to find yourself sucked back through time in a cosmological worm hole, having this page of information would be a big plus. Topatoco.com is offering a time travel cheat sheet (and T-shirt!), http://www.topatoco.com/graphics/qw-cheatsheet-print-zoom.jpg, chock full of all the knowledge that humans have used to create the modern world. Some useful bits include "slower moving air has more pressure," and "the number of protons in an atom determine what element it is." Although it may seem like basic scientific and medicinal information, in a time machine this compendium would be a life-or-death necessity -- or make you very, very rich in 1391 A.D.
This is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.
Michael S. Malone is one of the nation's best-known technology writers. He has covered Silicon Valley and high-tech for more than 25 years, beginning with the San Jose Mercury News as the nation's first daily high-tech reporter. His articles and editorials have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Fortune, and for two years he was a columnist for The New York Times. He was editor of Forbes ASAP, the world's largest-circulation business-tech magazine, at the height of the dot-com boom. Malone is the author or co-author of a dozen books, notably the best-selling "Virtual Corporation." Malone has also hosted three public television interview series, and most recently co-produced the celebrated PBS miniseries on social entrepreneurs, "The New Heroes." He has been the ABCNews.com "Silicon Insider" columnist since 2000.