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The Pentagon is formulating a new strategy on how to respond to cyberattacks that would include using military force, a spokesman confirmed late Tuesday.
Col. David Lapan said if the attack is serious enough, "a response to a cyberincident or attack on the U.S. would not necessarily be a cyber response, so as I said all appropriate options would be on the table."
The final public portion of the "Defense Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace" is expected to be released in two or three weeks.
But much of it has already been discussed for months by numerous administration officials, including the White House and Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn.
In May, the White House released the International Strategy for Cyberspace. It said in part, "We reserve the right to use all necessary means -- diplomatic, informational, military, and economic -- as appropriate and consistent with applicable international law, in order to defend our Nation, our allies, our partners, and our interests."
The Defense Department's appreciation of the serious threat posed by cyberattacks grew substantially after an incident in 2008. That's when someone inserted an infected flash drive (what some call thumb drives) into a U.S. military laptop on a base in the Middle East.
"The flash drive's malicious computer code, placed there by a foreign intelligence agency, uploaded itself onto a network run by the U.S. Central Command. That code spread undetected on both classified and unclassified systems," Lynn wrote last fall in Foreign Policy magazine. "This previously classified incident was the most significant breach of U.S. military computers ever, and it served as an important wake-up call."
Originally posted by backinblack
reply to post by Ben81
So how they gonna get the drones into mamma's basement?
Originally posted by DigitalSea
It all makes sense. What with the US government being broke and all, false flag cyber attacks don't require any money. This pretty much means that they can attack any country they want and say they were cyber attacked, nice, nice. I reckon Dubai is going to be pretty high up on the list.