Wednesday 13 March 2013

U.S. confirms offensive cyber-war program

In case you weren’t totally convinced that cyber war is on like Donkey Kong, the Obama administration publicly confirmed today what we’ve all known for some time: The United States is actively developing offensive cyber-weapons to be used whenever they feel like it in wartime.

I know. It’s shocking.

While the announcement should be heeded as a heads up that digital warfare is on our doorstep, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise in light of devastating American-made malware like Stuxnet being unleashed on Iran’s refinement facilities and the U.S. Department of Defense quintupling their Cyber Command just a few months ago.
"I would like to be clear that this team, this defend-the-nation team, is not a defensive team," Alexander, who runs both the National Security Agency and the new Cyber Command, told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. "This is an offensive team that the Defense Department would use to defend the nation if it were attacked in cyberspace. Thirteen of the teams that we’re creating are for that mission alone." [Ars Technica]

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