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Dark War of Actium

On the Ionian Seas, just off of the shores of Greece, the navies of the fledgeling empire that Rome was becoming and the kingdom of Egypt met to decide the outcome of a political dispute. That dispute had its seeds planted first during the campaigns in Asia Minor. They were then cultivated with the assassination and began to sprout in Asia Minor. The ultimate prize for the victor at Actium would be dominion of the Roman Empire.

While in Asia Minor, He led an army of the Roman Republic to track down the Roman general. Rome was in the midst of a civil war for power of the Roman legions. After his victories in Europe, The general was forced to flee towards the edges of the Republic. Upon arrival in Egypt, which was in the middle of its own civil war between the brothers, The general was killed by agents of the empress as she sought Roman aid in her battles. Her stratagem almost worked. While he was appreciative of her dispatching the general, it was not until she had seduced him that he c…

Actaeon's Tragic End

Deep in the woods, Actaeon is hunting deer with a group of his friends and a large pack of dogs. By noon, the sun is beating down on them, and the group is getting tired from hunting all morning. Actaeon decides to give everyone a break and tells his bros to that they'll resume hunting tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, the goddess Artemis is also hot and exhausted from hunting. She decides to take a spa day (although she'd probably kill us for saying that) and goes to her secret grove to wash up. Artemis undresses and takes a refreshing bath with the help of her wood nymph handmaidens. They brush her hair, pour water over her, and generally desweatify her.

Looking for a place to cool off, Actaeon wanders deep into the woods and stumbles upon the bathing goddess. Oops. Or not so oops. While some versions of the story say that he came across Artemis by mistake, others say that it was totally intentional—and that he even suggested that they sleep together.
Either way, when they see Acta…

An Act Of War

When bombers unleashed a devastating surprise attack on a naval base in, killing 2,402 and wounding 1,282 more. President called it “a date which will live in infamy” as he asked for a declaration of war.

Fifty years later, another surprise attack killed almost 3,000 people when terrorists flew two jetliners into the twin towers.

We all know what an act of war looks like on land or sea, and by evoking two of the most searing attacks in our modern history, He was trying to raise a sense of urgency about the threat in a new domain made of bits and bytes zinging between servers around the world.

But what does an act of war look like in cyberspace?

And perhaps more important, what does the government do when cyberattacks fall short of that — assuming it can identify the perpetrators in the first place?

What about something like a virus that wiped data from 30,000 computers, affecting business operations for two weeks? He called that assault, along with a similar strike, “probably the most des…