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Cyber Combat: Act of War
WSJ ^ | 5/31/11 | SIOBHAN GORMAN And JULIAN E. BARNES

Posted on 05/31/2011 4:25:05 PM PDT by LibWhacker

Pentagon Sets Stage for U.S. to Respond to Computer Sabotage With Military Force

WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force.

The Pentagon's first formal cyber strategy, unclassified portions of which are expected to become public next month, represents an early attempt to grapple with a changing world in which a hacker could pose as significant a threat to U.S. nuclear reactors, subways or pipelines as a hostile country's military.

In part, the Pentagon intends its plan as a warning to potential adversaries of the consequences of attacking the U.S. in this way. "If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks," said a military official.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: act; combat; cyber; war

1 posted on 05/31/2011 4:25:10 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Wonder how you distinguish between a 15 yo kid hacking your DoD system and a concerted cyber-attack sponsored by a nation-state? It’s not like anyone would leave a calling-card.


2 posted on 05/31/2011 4:50:20 PM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: LibWhacker

Deduct the economic cost from every dollar we owe them

times 10 for penalty


3 posted on 05/31/2011 4:51:49 PM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: LibWhacker

Is it like, ‘hit us with a trojan and we’ll hit you with 100 B1’s’?


4 posted on 05/31/2011 4:55:31 PM PDT by AU72
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