Network World: Cyber war sabers rattle across the globe

Network World: Cyber war sabers rattle across the globe
June 6, 2011 EC-Council

A formal Pentagon cyber strategy may define which acts of digital sabotage constitute acts war that warrant conventional military retaliation, but cases clear-cut enough to justify such retaliation may be few and far between, experts say.

The problem is attribution – identifying that an attack comes from the government of another sovereign state so its assets can be attacked, they say.

“The U.S. military is setting itself up for failure because attribution is difficult, and it’s easy to spoof your identity thereby falsely implicating the wrong government or group,” says Jay Bavisi, president of EC-Council, an international cyber security education body. “A military attack could be misplaced, as a result, but at the same time not responding will now be seen as a sign of weakness.”

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