Is it? Really? Or is what we know as insurgency today merely on the verge of a transformation that will redefine a classic form of warfare for generations to come? Are the insurgents of tomorrow already actively operating among us today?
The answer to each of those questions is disturbingly the same. “Yes.”
Somewhere between the Arab Spring and the Occupy protests, the growing public unrest with established sources of power should be duly noted, as well as their movements’ ability to leverage social media to empower their causes. The insidious and often clouded nature of phenomena like the Conficker worm, STUXNET, and Duqu are defining new terrain in the battle for control of the digital frontier. And the activities of groups such as Anonymous, Lulzsec, and even WikiLeaks signal a shift in the capability to produce disproportionate and potentially catastrophic effects in the cyber domain.