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Pentagon considers preemptive strikes as part of cyber-defense strategy




Pentagon considers preemptive strikes as part of cyber-defense strategy
Pentagon considers preemptive strikes as part of cyber-defense strategy



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/28/AR2010082803849.html 

By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writer
August 28, 2010

The Pentagon is contemplating an aggressive approach to defending its 
computer systems that includes preemptive actions such as knocking out 
parts of an adversary's computer network overseas - but it is still 
wrestling with how to pursue the strategy legally.

The department is developing a range of weapons capabilities, including 
tools that would allow "attack and exploitation of adversary information 
systems" and that can "deceive, deny, disrupt, degrade and destroy" 
information and information systems, according to Defense Department 
budget documents.

But officials are reluctant to use the tools until questions of 
international law and technical feasibility are resolved, and that has 
proved to be a major challenge for policymakers. Government lawyers and 
some officials question whether the Pentagon could take such action 
without violating international law or other countries' sovereignty.

Some officials and experts say they doubt the technology exists to use 
such capabilities effectively, and they question the need for such 
measures when, they say, traditional defensive steps such as updating 
firewalls, protecting computer ports and changing passwords are not 
always taken.

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