Sunday, July 31, 2016

U.S. Still Not Sure On How To Respond To A Cyber Attack From A Foreign Government

President Obama during a visit to a government cybersecurity center in Arlington, Va., in 2015. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

New York Times: U.S. Wrestles With How to Fight Back Against Cyberattacks

ASPEN, Colo. — It has been an open secret throughout the Obama presidency that world powers have escalated their use of cyberpower. But the recent revelations of hacking into Democratic campaign computer systems in an apparent attempt to manipulate the 2016 election is forcing the White House to confront a new question: whether, and if so how, to retaliate.

So far, the administration has stopped short of publicly accusing the Russian government of President Vladimir V. Putin of engineering the theft of research and emails from the Democratic National Committee and hacking into other campaign computer systems. However, private investigators have identified the suspects, and American intelligence agencies have told the White House that they have “high confidence” that the Russian government was responsible.

Less certain is who is behind the selective leaks of the material, and whether they have a clear political objective. Suspecting such meddling is different from proving it with a certainty sufficient for any American president to order a response.

Read more ....

Update: US to Use 'All Tools' Available to Respond to Cyberattacks - Homeland Security (Sputnik)

WNU Editor: This debate on what the U.S. should do when other countries launch cyber attacks against U.S. networks has been ongoing for years. You would think that by now they would have a clear idea on how to detect and respond .... both publicly and in secret. Apparently .... the answer is not.


RRH said...


some good news for a change

War News Updates Editor said...

Thank you for the link RRH.

TWN said...

There is no way to stop it, the people that build the firewalls go to the same schools as those that tear them down. For years now the US and other Western nation have brought in foreign students educated them in the latest tech and they went home and now use what they have learned against the west. The dumb shits our so called leaders never see the connection.

Jay Farquharson said...

WNU Editor,

The US is never going to have an "effective" Cyber War Policy.

When they adopted publically the position that a Nation State Cyber attack was an Act of War, they hosed themselves.

They knew at the time that it would be almost impossible to prove the source of the attacks, enough for a Cause Belli,

And while they may have meant destructive attacks on power grids, industrial bases, financial institutions, critical .mil sites, the MSM and the "mouthbreather" class has taken it to include Russian Bride spam showing up in their AOL inbox.

Unknown said...

"MSM and the "mouthbreather" class has"

Now there is a pleonasm.

Jay Farquharson said...

Two seperate classes in the US, and while there is some small amount of "overlap", there vastly more "mouthbreathers" than MSM.

Anonymous said...

I am sure that if Clinton becomes president she will consult with the geniuses who set up her server and that of the DNC.