Homeland Security Newswire, 1 June 2012
The Pentagon has concluded that the act of sabotaging U.S. computers by another country may constitute an act of war against the United States. This conclusion opens the door for the United States to respond to such cyber sabotage by using traditional military force. The Pentagon’s first formal cyber strategy, unclassified portions of which will become public next month, is an early attempt to come to terms with a changing world in which hackers could pose as significant a threat to U.S. nuclear reactors, electric grid, or pipelines as a hostile country’s military.
Phi Beta Iota: Apart from the fact that Stuxnet was an Israeli production (quote from the 1990’s: “When the Israeli’s catch a hacker, they give them a job; when the US catches a hacker they throw them in jail”), the insanity of the White House taking credit for Stuxnet becomes all the more outrageous in light of the certain sensibility of the Pentagon statement. Sadly, the brainpower at the top of the US pyramid of power seems to be both very limited and very myopic–these people cannot think holistically or strategically, or they would realize that cyberspace has no borders, and irresponsibility with respect to cyber-soundness has consequences.