Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Report: President Obama Has The Authority To Order A Pre-Emptive Cyber Attack

Responding to a Digital Attack: The Times’s David E. Sanger discusses a secret legal review concerning President Obama’s powers in the face of a major cyberattack on the United States.

Broad Powers Seen for Obama in Cyberstrikes -- New York Times

WASHINGTON — A secret legal review on the use of America’s growing arsenal of cyberweapons has concluded that President Obama has the broad power to order a pre-emptive strike if the United States detects credible evidence of a major digital attack looming from abroad, according to officials involved in the review.

That decision is among several reached in recent months as the administration moves, in the next few weeks, to approve the nation’s first rules for how the military can defend, or retaliate, against a major cyberattack. New policies will also govern how the intelligence agencies can carry out searches of faraway computer networks for signs of potential attacks on the United States and, if the president approves, attack adversaries by injecting them with destructive code — even if there is no declared war.

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More News On Reports That President Obama Now Has The Authority To Order A Pre-Emptive Cyber Attack

US law permits pre-emptive cyber strikes -- Sydney Morning Herald
Obama Has The Keys To America's Malware Arsenal -- Business Insider/The Atlantic
President Obama Now Authorized To Order Pre-emptive Cyber Attack -- Red Orbit
Pre-emption, Cyberstrikes and Presidential Authority -- Technorati
US military review backs pre-emptive cyber strikes -- Global Post/AFP
President given “broad authority” to order cyber attacks -- Ars Technica
Obama can 'order pre-emptive cyber-attack' if U.S. faces threat -- ZDNet
Report: Obama Can Authorize Pre-emptive Cyber Attack -- PCMag
Today’s NYT and WaPo Pieces on Cyber-Attacks -- Matthew Waxman, Lawfare
Cyberwar, out of the shadows
-- Washington Post editorial
Cyber strikes would require Obama's approval under policy being developed -- Defense Systems

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