Pentagon To Consider Cyberattacks As Act Of War

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Ryan Allshouse uses the intrusion detection system to monitor unclassified network activity from the automated data processing workspace aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). IDS is part of the integrated shipboard network system and serves as an important computer network defense enabler protecting the unclassified shipboard network from cyber attack.

David E. Sanger and Elisabeth Bumiller write in the New York Times reports:

The Pentagon, trying to create a formal strategy to deter cyberattacks on the United States, plans to issue a new strategy soon declaring that a computer attack from a foreign nation can be considered an act of war that may result in a military response.

Several administration officials, in comments over the past two years, have suggested publicly that any American president could consider a variety of responses — economic sanctions, retaliatory cyberattacks or a military strike — if critical American computer systems were ever attacked.

The new military strategy, which emerged from several years of debate modeled on the 1950s effort in Washington to come up with a plan for deterring nuclear attacks, makes explicit that a cyberattack could be considered equivalent to a more traditional act of war. The Pentagon is declaring that any computer attack that threatens widespread civilian casualties — for example, by cutting off power supplies or bringing down hospitals and emergency-responder networks — could be treated as an act of aggression.

[Continues at The New York Times]

17 Comments on "Pentagon To Consider Cyberattacks As Act Of War"

  1. Hadrian999 | Jun 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm |

    is a pentagon wet dream, an “enemy” that can be 100% artificial, they wont even need to goad nations into hostility or create terror groups, just have nsa agents create a cyber threat and tie it to whichever nation or group the governments wants to invade

  2. Hadrian999 | Jun 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm |

    is a pentagon wet dream, an “enemy” that can be 100% artificial, they wont even need to goad nations into hostility or create terror groups, just have nsa agents create a cyber threat and tie it to whichever nation or group the governments wants to invade

  3. Hadrian999 | Jun 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |

    is a pentagon wet dream, an “enemy” that can be 100% artificial, they wont even need to goad nations into hostility or create terror groups, just have nsa agents create a cyber threat and tie it to whichever nation or group the governments wants to invade

  4. Anonymous | Jun 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm |

    I sense another 9/11

  5. JoiquimCouteau | Jun 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm |

    I sense another 9/11

  6. Nunzio X | Jun 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm |

    The definition of “act of war” is certainly plastic.

    As is the definition of “war.”

    Yep. Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war….

    Evidently, we love that shit.

  7. Nunzio X | Jun 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm |

    The definition of “act of war” is certainly plastic.

    As is the definition of “war.”

    Yep. Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war….

    Evidently, we love that shit.

  8. Br0wnb3rry | Jun 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm |

    Hackers in China have compromised personal e-mail accounts of hundreds
    of top US officials, military personnel and journalists, Google has
    said.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13623378

    Looks like they didn’t wait very long to test USA out….

  9. Br0wnb3rry | Jun 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm |

    Hackers in China have compromised personal e-mail accounts of hundreds
    of top US officials, military personnel and journalists, Google has
    said.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13623378

    Looks like they didn’t wait very long to test USA out….

  10. They would.

  11. mrtastycakes | Jun 2, 2011 at 1:30 am |

    They should.

  12. mrtastycakes | Jun 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm |

    They should.

  13. Hadrian999 | Jun 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm |

    so if cyber attacks would be an act of war does that mean that any cyber intelligence gathering by U.S. agencies would require a declaration of war to initiate?

  14. Hadrian999 | Jun 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |

    so if cyber attacks would be an act of war does that mean that any cyber intelligence gathering by U.S. agencies would require a declaration of war to initiate?

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