2 thoughts on “Pentagon Readies Cyber Weapons as Part of U.S. Arsenal, Considers Foreign Cyber Attack as Act of War – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. As for your question, what is “defensive”, taken these two articles together, and considering the New And Improved Presidential Rule Of Law, established by Bush jr. and by now affirmed by Obama (“It’s legal when the President does it”), my suspicion is: it’s defensive when “we” do it, and offensive when anyone does it to “us”.

    The condition of Presidential approval of any cyber-attack, err, I mean cyber-defense, makes me laugh though. Unlike physical weapons, pieces of computer code are immediately reproducible in unlimited numbers – just ask the RIAA. Once such a virus or whatever has been stolen or leaked or whatever – the question is not if, but when – the genie can’t be put back into the bottle – again unlike physical weapons, which (in theory at least) can be found and seized back. I think in the long term the Pentagon is shooting itself, and everyone else, in the foot in a big way.

  2. This can become a very dirty war, even if waged with clean hands behind computer desks. While American military power doesn’t have a match in the world, this cyber warfare can be successfully waged by small countries and groups operating in such manner that one cannot even determine where attacks are originated and who’s responsible. Wikileaks, for example, have set up infrastructure whereby it’s impossible to find out who and from where has leaked a document.

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