Pentagon: Military Response To Cyber Attack Possible

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  1. nandu

    nandu Senior Member Senior Member

    Oct 5, 2009
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    Pentagon: Military Response To Cyber Attack Possible

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon would consider a military response in the case of a cyber attack against the United States, a U.S. defense official said May 12.

    Asked about the possibility of using military force after a cyber assault, James Miller, undersecretary of defense for policy, said: "Yes, we need to think about the potential for responses that are not limited to the cyber domain."

    But he said it remained unclear what constituted an act of war in cyberspace.

    "Those are legal questions that we are attempting to address," Miller said at a conference in Washington, adding that "there are certainly a lot of gray areas in this field."

    He said hostile acts in cyberspace covered a wide range, from digital espionage to introducing false data into a network, that did not necessarily represent full-blown war.

    But he said the threat to U.S. networks from terrorists, criminals and others was real and growing.

    "Over the past decade, we've seen the frequency and the sophistication of intrusions into our networks increase," he said. "Our systems are probed thousands of times a day."

    The Defense Department has about 90,000 employees and troops using computer networks, with about 7 million computer devices, he said.

    The U.S. military recently created a new cyber command that will be led by Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency. Alexander was confirmed in his post by the U.S. Senate last week.

    In written testimony to Congress, Alexander said that the cyber command would be prepared to wage offensive operations as well, despite the risk of sustaining damage to U.S. networks.

    He told lawmakers that he expected digital operations to take place as part of a wider military campaign, but that special legal authority would be required to respond to a cyber attack staged from a neutral country.
  3. Rebelkid

    Rebelkid Regular Member

    Jan 10, 2010
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    Would they attack china ?

    I don't think so..

    Usual BS from pentagon
  4. nrj

    nrj Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Nov 16, 2009
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    Interesting! Now we can hear that Iranians are hacking pentagon data so they should be attacked...

    I really don't think they'll need much time to get approval from legal authority to sign such protocol.
  5. ganesh177

    ganesh177 Regular Member

    May 18, 2009
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    Pune, Incredible India
    lol so what are they gonna do with chinese hackers residing in china ?

    Too much of saber rattling lately.

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