U.S. Government: ‘Hack Us And We’ll Bomb You’

Strategy for CyberspaceI’m not sure that they’ll really bomb China, which seems to be where most hacks on American corporations and government originate, but it could be a good excuse for another Middle East intervention. Nate Anderson reports for ArsTechnica:

The US revealed its “International Strategy for Cyberspace” (PDF) yesterday. It’s mostly blather about how terrific “cyberspace” is, but it gets more specific on a few key issues like national defense. Could our next war start because of a hack? The government says it’s possible.

“States have an inherent right to self-defense that may be triggered by certain aggressive acts in cyberspace,” says the policy. Indeed, such aggressive acts might compel a country like the US to act even when the hacking is targeted at an allied country.

“Certain hostile acts conducted through cyberspace could compel actions under the commitments we have with our military treaty partners,” says the document. “When warranted, the United States will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would any other threat to our country.”

Military force will only be used as a last resort after other diplomatic and economic remedies are attempted, but the US government has certainly realized the value of the Internet and has no intention of sitting quietly while corporate and governmental computer systems are attacked with impunity.

But the cyberspace security strategy doesn’t just involve talk about playing offense; defense is stressed even more heavily. “Dissuasion” of hackers is a core goal, and it extends beyond national borders. “A globally distributed network requires globally distributed early warning capabilities,” says the strategy, which calls for “new computer security incident response capabilities globally” and interconnected network defense systems.

With the new strategy document, the government is putting the world on notice: “The United States will ensure that the risks associated with attacking or exploiting our networks vastly outweigh the potential benefits.”…

[continues at ArsTechnica]

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  • IrishPotatoGun

    If we had the same policy towards Israel, it would go along way towards solving the problems in the middle east. .

  • IrishPotatoGun

    If we had the same policy towards Israel, it would go along way towards solving the problems in the middle east. .

  • Kberger4499

     What about the non-existent support of transparency in regards to the American Government? It’s like were expected to forget that Wikileaks didn’t prove everyones latent suspicion of a lack of transparency! Now this?! The  USA does not in any means promote the “free flow of information.” WTF IS THIS HOGWASH!

  • Kberger4499

     What about the non-existent support of transparency in regards to the American Government? It’s like were expected to forget that Wikileaks didn’t prove everyones latent suspicion of a lack of transparency! Now this?! The  USA does not in any means promote the “free flow of information.” WTF IS THIS HOGWASH!

  • 309gjkilber30

     False flag terrorism will not have to consist of planes and bombs anymore.

  • 309gjkilber30

     False flag terrorism will not have to consist of planes and bombs anymore.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    “Central Intel has informed us that the recent Anonymous hacking has its base in pakistan; bombing will begin yesterday.”

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    “Central Intel has informed us that the recent Anonymous hacking has its base in pakistan; bombing will begin yesterday.”

    • Navysealteam7

      Those damn Pakistanies just won’t listen..

  • Anonymous

    The biggest bully on the block speaks -hear the thunder… 

  • GoodDoktorBad

    The biggest bully on the block speaks -hear the thunder… 

  • Anonymous

    More Blood, we require more BLOOD!! 

  • Anonymous

    More Blood, we require more BLOOD!! 

  • Navysealteam7

    Those damn Pakistanies just won’t listen..

  • T.J. Thomas

    Crap, now I’m tempted to go hack the Federal government from somewhere on Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • T.J. Thomas

    Crap, now I’m tempted to go hack the Federal government from somewhere on Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • NamelessNow

    An example of the hypocrisy necessary to rule an empire.  The NSA will do the same to its own citizens with an assumed impunity.  Now the shoe is on the other foot, and we’re supposed to accept this action under the guise of national security. 

  • NamelessNow

    An example of the hypocrisy necessary to rule an empire.  The NSA will do the same to its own citizens with an assumed impunity.  Now the shoe is on the other foot, and we’re supposed to accept this action under the guise of national security. 

  • MacFreedom

    That is what they want you to think!  Most hacks actually come from Israel!   Israel is the most evil Racist/Apartheid and murderous state on Earth!  It is running America through Israelis within the American Administration of every government office in the USA!

  • MacFreedom

    That is what they want you to think!  Most hacks actually come from Israel!   Israel is the most evil Racist/Apartheid and murderous state on Earth!  It is running America through Israelis within the American Administration of every government office in the USA!

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