Yesterday, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced an update to the Pentagon playbook on cyber war, the first in seven years. Cyber, the over-broad term for all things online, electronic, and networked, is a relatively new arena in war, though the U.S. military has been grappling with rules for using it since at least the Yugoslavian intervention in 1999. The amount of infrastructure, commerce, vulnerable information, and communication on the internet has increased greatly since then, and the Director of National Intelligence now sees cyber attacks as the leading national security threat facing America.
The new doctrine to meet this threat remains classified, but Dempsey's announcement gave a rough outline of how it will work, while taking care to distinguish between online espionage and online military attacks -- a division that can be blurry in practice. Using medieval metaphors, Dempsey described blocking and preventing an attack like "pull[ing] up the drawbridge," with an emphasis placed on denying the attackers and defense. Should that fail, the next step is "active defense," with a "proportional response" of American counterattacks against the aggressor.
This is somewhat reminiscent of the Kennedy Administration's policy of Flexible Response, where non-nuclear threats were countered in kind, by non-nuclear means. Limited retaliation in kind is important, as it allows government to respond to threats without automatically escalating to total war.
Just unplug China from out internet and be done with it, already. This would not even be a an attack or negative intent upon China, but simply blocking of a known harmful node.
@Wonder, yeah...not so simple given we thrive off a global economy.
Perhaps you heard of US Customs and or USA Government which gives approval of who, how, what and so on we conduct businesses in other countries. I am ok with 'USA Business A' doing with business with 'China business B', with approval by both our governments, but letting the door completely open for everyone else to hack us is just NUTS!
Nodes of communication are easy to establish with encryption as well, while closing off the hackers out with their viruses as well.
The military has been this for an extreme long time, prior to even having the internet and yes business in the world did conduct itself well before the internet too.
If you call your friend across town on the phone, does not mean you open all the doors and windows to you house and car at the same time and your phone must be a party line too for all to hear.
Knowing what I know about the United States, I am confident the the U.S. is initiating far more cyber attacks then it's defending against.
NSA has thousands of super computers passwords and encryption of conversations it has save with its monolithic size data saving center. Yes this same cracking of passwords and encryption can be used to enter other peoples computers and servers throughout the world.
NSA has an annual operating expense of 20 billion plus. This new NSA data center was begun under a Republican President and is also approved by a Democratic President. It is a department of the USA Government that will continue to grow.
Yes this listening NSA center can be used to ENTER your computers and servers, all for your own protection with government approval of the 9/11 terrorist laws.
Remember US Citizens you were informed and approved all this.
Remember being informed? No?
Remember you giving this approval? No?
They say they are only listening.
In reality communication goes both ways!
On occasion is becomes publicly spoken about of their listening and nothing is said of ENTERING.
This same technology can be used to ENTER all communication devices with passwords and encryption.
The NSA is said to monitor all communications in the world in real time. This technology can be used to ENTER too!
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The best way to stop cyber attacks (the kind that the USA has been getting anyway) is to not have any secrets.
@Wonder... Saying let's "unplug" China from "our" internet is like saying let's surround China so none of them can get out into our planet.
1) technically ignorant
5) cute if not for #2 and #4 in a world where global economy and connection will likely dissolve all borders within the next century