Wednesday, November 16, 2011

We are prepared to take military action against cyber attackers, warn U.S. defence chiefs - 16th Nov 2011

Defence chiefs have warned that the U.S. is prepared to retaliate with military force if it came under cyber attack.

In the most explicit statement about cyber security to date, Pentagon officials said that they reserved the right to use ‘all necessary means to defend our allies, our partners and our interests.’

‘When warranted, we will respond to hostile attacks in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country,’ the 12-page report to Congress noted.

Hostile acts, it said, could include ‘significant cyber attacks directed against the U.S. economy, government or military’ and the response could use electronic means or more conventional military options.

The report, mandated by the 2011 Defence Authorisation Act, was made public yesterday.

Cyberspace is a particularly challenging domain for the Pentagon.

Defence Department employees operate more than 15,000 computer networks with seven million computers at hundreds of locations around the world.

The networks are probed millions of times a day and penetrations have caused the loss of thousands of files. Read More