Cyber Combat: Act of War

Posted: May 31, 2011 in US News

SIOBHAN GORMAN And JULIAN E. BARNES
Wall Street Journal
May 31, 2011

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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Comments
  1. Connie says:

    I’m out of league here. Too much brain power on dpsilay!

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