In a previous article, I wrote about a system that created a single point of failure. In a strategic sense, computers and IT as a whole have become a single point of failure in both government and industry.
Chinese military leaders call automation the great equalizer, since its enemies heavily depend upon computers. An effective attack upon their enemy’s IT infrastructure provides an immediate and disproportionate impact which is the core concept of asymmetric warfare.
This asymmetry benefits the attacker, regardless of his motives or methods.