Report: US could respond to cyber attacks with military force

The rash of cyber attacks on companies like Sony and more recently Lockheed Martin have raised more awareness about the threat that cyber attacks can have on private businesses. But what if a hostile foreign power wanted to launch a full cyber war on the United States? That's a server of a different color, according to a new report at the Wall Street Journal, official at the Pentagon are suggesting that a hostile cyber attack on the US by another country could be countered by military force. And not just another cyber attack by the US, either.

According to the story, if a cyber attack on the US resulted in a large scale amount of destruction and death in the real world, the country responsible for the attack might find that the response will be more than just a server attack. An unnamed military official is quoted in the article as saying, "If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks."

This new policy is part of the Pentagon's first real look into how to deal with cyber threats and attacks. The policy is being revealed, at least in part, as a warning to hostile nations that there could be major consequences for any kind of hack attack against the US. This past weekend major US defense contractor Lockheed Martin admitted that its network was the subject of a cyber attack by unknown parties. The company has said the attack did not result in any data being taken from its servers.

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lololol we the us are going to fire missiles at random nations because we don't know who's hacking us lololol

n_K said,
lololol we the us are going to fire missiles at random nations because we don't know who's hacking us lololol

I actually lololol'd irl, and am ashamed of it.

Tim Dawg said,
.... lame
LOL So you actually agree with the moron at Pentagon? Should the US really fire missiles at countries that they *guess* are the ones cyber attacking them?

Hackers only have themselves to blame. They claim they hack because "information is meant to be free!!!1oneone" or "You removed feature X.....prepare to be hacked". Now there was a news article about InternetID, which is probably going to be pushed even harder now, and this article. Yay for hackers!

DerekMorgan said,
Umm..... what does that have to do with this story?

That they're going to find the hackers... they cant hide forever

If they wanna invade the sovereignty of our nation, and try to mess up operations either way let it be conventional or non conventional let it be with whatever force. People will learn quick. You let the hacking continue, it will happen to whatever country they want to do it to.

Wir3Tap said,
If they wanna invade the Piece of crap we call a nation, and try to mess up operations either way let it be conventional or non conventional let it be with whatever force. People will learn quick. You let the hacking continue, it will happen to whatever country they want to do it to.

Fixed that for you.

Geranium_Z__NL said,
I hope russia is going to do a Joke on America now LOL

....why is this lol funny? you have an extremely twisted sense of humor if you think an armed conflict is ever funny.

China: **** ****, who the f is shooting us? Oh well, fire missiles!

France: **** guys. Ze missiles are coming... Fire our ****!

Russia: ARGHH MOTHERLAND!

England: 'bout that time eh, chaps?

Canada: What's goin' on, eh?

Australia: WTF mate?

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