Skip to comments.Has U.S. started an Internet war?
Posted on 06/18/2013 6:28:34 AM PDT by ShadowAce
Today, the United States is conducting offensive cyberwar actions around the world.
More than passively eavesdropping, we're penetrating and damaging foreign networks for both espionage and to ready them for attack. We're creating custom-designed Internet weapons, pre-targeted and ready to be "fired" against some piece of another country's electronic infrastructure on a moment's notice.
This is much worse than what we're accusing China of doing to us. We're pursuing policies that are both expensive and destabilizing and aren't making the Internet any safer. We're reacting from fear, and causing other countries to counter-react from fear. We're ignoring resilience in favor of offense.
Welcome to the cyberwar arms race, an arms race that will define the Internet in the 21st century.
Presidential Policy Directive 20, issued last October and released by Edward Snowden, outlines U.S. cyberwar policy. Most of it isn't very interesting, but there are two paragraphs about "Offensive Cyber Effect Operations," or OCEO, that are intriguing:
"OECO can offer unique and unconventional capabilities to advance U.S. national objectives around the world with little or no warning to the adversary or target and with potential effects ranging from subtle to severely damaging. The development and sustainment of OCEO capabilities, however, may require considerable time and effort if access and tools for a specific target do not already exist.
"The United States Government shall identify potential targets of national importance where OCEO can offer a favorable balance of effectiveness and risk as compared with other instruments of national power, establish and maintain OCEO capabilities integrated as appropriate with other U.S. offensive capabilities, and execute those capabilities in a manner consistent with the provisions of this directive."
These two paragraphs, and another paragraph about OCEO, are the only parts of the document classified "top secret." And that's because...
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
The PRC has been fighting a cyber-war against us for years.
Our response so-far, has been to smile and send our industry there for a 49% cut.
But guaranteed we’ll lose it...
We created internet wars.
Provoke china to retaliate thus destroying the interwebs.....
This is hugh. I’m super serial.
We created the internet, so think of it as a Trojan Horse.
All countries have been spying on each other for centuries. This is not new.
Anyone who thinks that countries like England, Canada, France and others in addition to known enemies are not spying on the U.S. government on the internet is not thinking clearly.
I take everything h says with a grain of salt
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