Defence chief warns attacks online could lead to real war

We’ve gone beyond sable rattling. Expect some form of escalation in the near to medium future…:

Covert warfare by Russia and China, including cyberhacking and disinformation, risks an “uncontrollable state of all-out war”, the head of the armed forces has warned.

General Sir Nick Carter, chief of the defence staff, said clandestine activity by hostile states did not reach the threshold for war but could quickly “light a fuse” if it were misunderstood or escalated.

“And, of course, if you look back over history, it’s those moments of miscalculation which often precipitate what ends up being an uncontrollable state of war. And that’s the bit that we really, really have to watch.”

In a new podcast General Carter and other military and security figures sound the alarm about the risk of interference by hostile states leading to conflict.