Tens of millions of people died in World War I and World War II as nations fought over resources, territory and ideology.

But in the 21st century, economic and cyber-warfare between warring countries have largely replaced tanks, bombers and troops.As tensions continue to ratchet up between Russia and Ukraine over the province of Crimea, could this sort of bloodless conflict be one possible outcome? Experts say it’s possible.

“Nowadays it’s hard to separate warfare from cyberwarfare, or even economic warfare,” said Jacques Gansler, a former Pentagon undersecretary for technology and security, now professor of public policy and private enterprise at the University of Maryland. “The three are interrelated.”

Source: World War III? Cyber, Economic Battles Take Over – Seeker