In the middle east, since about six years ago, some countries have used their cyber power instead of having a physical war with a big number of military people and equipment with a big financial lose for the country’s economy. In the middle east, every country has both powers (cyber and physical), but some people from these countries have attacked another countries electronically and these attacks have started few political issues between those countries in the Middle East especially Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
A few years ago, around 2007, a Syrian group hacked one of Israel’s banks and from their the cyber attacks in the Middle East have started. After that, in 2008, an Iranian group attacked one of the country’s systems in Saudi Arabia and they left comments about some political issues between these countries. two years later, a group from Israel hacked one of the nuclear reactors in Iran and they knew about that attack later and this attack was going to destroy the whole country of Iran. In 2011, a Saudi Arabian guy called “X-Omar” with a group called “Group-XP” hacked the system of a couple of the biggest credit card companies in Israel and they published about 26,000 numbers of credit cards on the internet. A few months ago, in May, 2012, Flame malware destroyed about 200,000 computer all around the Middle East. In August 2012, about month and a half ago, an Iranian group hacked the system of Saudi Aramco the biggest oil company in Saudi Arabia and they destroyed the whole system of the company and they deleted all of the information that computer in the company have.
Indeed, most of the Middle Eastern countries have used their cyber powers to attack each other instead of having a physical war with a group of soldiers and military equipment. Cyber attacks most of the time cost what physical attack do and maybe more. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/05/flame-malware-middle-east-computers-cyber-attack.html