Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cyber Attacks are Acts of War

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war.  This is a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force to cyber attacks.  The WSJ article explains that unclassified portions of DoD's report are expected to become public next month and "represents an early attempt to grapple with a changing world in which a hacker could pose as significant a threat to U.S. nuclear reactors, subways or pipelines as a hostile country's military."  The report apparently concludes that the Laws of Armed Conflict apply in cyberspace as in traditional warfare.